A man pleaded guilty and received sentencing December 7th in an incident with a purple car and a dollar store. Saline County residents may remember the man who fled from police at over 100 mph in a purple Dodge Charger and crashed into the wall of Dollar General store.
In October, Anthony Trajon Toombs, age 23, of Little Rock, was arrested after leading Bauxite Police officers and other law enforcement on a chase westward on Edison Avenue with a top speed of 130 mph. That chase put many other vehicles in danger and ended where Edison ended – at East Street. Only the car didn’t quite stop in the street. It hit the embankment and continued across the Dollar General parking and through their brick wall. It nearly took out the propane display as well, bending the frame of the metal cage.
The following video contains dash cam footage of this incident from three police cars. The first one has no sound.
The charges were Fleeing, Aggravated Assault and Tampering with Physical Evidence. Toombs was reported to have been riding someone’s bumper and they called it into law enforcement. The Purple Charger was almost immediately pursued and that’s when the high speed fleeing began.
Thank you to Bauxite City Councilman and police officer Ron Parsons for information regarding this sentence, in addition to taking part in the pursuit and arrest. The Benton Police Department assisted in this case.
PREVIOUSLY on Oct 28, 2022:
The Bauxite Police Department confirms there was a high speed pursuit on Tuesday, October 25th, that began in Bauxite on Highway 183/Edison Avenue, and ended with a car crashing into the Dollar General store on East Street in Benton.
Officer Parsons stated that a purple Dodge Charger was riding the bumper of someone who called it in to law enforcement. As the driver, Anthony Toombs, age 23, of Little Rock, was being pursued, he fled in his car at a speed of up to 130 mph, according to a statement.
The video shows several other cars pulling over to safety as the Charger whizzed by them, police following. The driver lost control and the car spun out, impeding both lanes of traffic as it approached the west end of Edison.
The officer also said at one point, the driver threw a gun out of the car, and finally, reaching the end of Edison, he ramped over the curb and embankment then came across the parking lot, crashing into the front wall of the Dollar General store.
The car left a large hole in the wall on the other side of the wall, where there might usually be employees working. It appeared to have narrowly missed hitting the propane display, but may have scraped it as well.
Mr. Toombs was arrested and taken to the Saline County Jail. His bond was set at $75,000 and as of early Friday morning, Oct 28th, he is still being held.
He is being charged with the following:
- Fleeing (by vehicle with extreme indifference) – Felony
- Theft by receiving (> $500 < $2,500) – Felony
- 3 counts of aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer
- No proof of insurance (first or second offense) – Class U – V
- Reckless Driving – Class B – Misdemeanor
- No Driver’s License – Class U – Misdemeanor
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