From the report of Trooper Philip Roark, lightly edited for clarity and brevity:
On Friday, October 11, 2019, at approximately 10:01 p.m., I was northbound on U.S. 63, north of Black Rock, when I observed a black Chevrolet pickup heading southbound that appeared to be speeding. I verified with radar that the suspect vehicle was going 73 MPH in a 55 MPH zone. I turned around and got behind the suspect vehicle and activated my blue lights. The operator of the vehicle was slow to acknowledge that I was behind him.
The suspect vehicle was weaving. It crossed the centerline and the fog line. The suspect vehicle then stopped, however about 3/4 of the suspect vehicle was in the southbound travel lane. I did not want to get out of my car at this dangerous location. I would have had to leave my vehicle in the travel lane also. This location had a very small shoulder, is near a curve, a hillcrest, and there was a moderate traffic flow. I pulled up beside the suspect vehicle, and asked him to pull his vehicle up the road to a safe location.
Clauderick Williams rolled down his window, and said “How you doing officer?” I replied “Pull your vehicle up, so that you can get off of the road”. Williams advised “Oh ok”. Williams then pulled forward to the location that was requested and stopped again. I got out of my vehicle and had made it about to the front of my vehicle when Williams stomped on the gas and began spinning his tires, nearly striking the vehicle that was directly in front of him. Other southbound traffic that had to yield to Williams. Williams then drove past the Dollar General in Black Rock, and I observed him pass a car in a curve that was marked with double yellow paint. Williams was traveling around 99 MPH at this point.
Officer Zach Barton of the Black Rock Police Department joined in the pursuit. Barton took over as primary while I was attempting to catch up. As I was catching up, I advised dispatch to notify the Hoxie and Walnut Ridge Police Departments of the pursuit, and that we would be in their jurisdictions fast. While Barton was primary, the suspect vehicle temporarily drove into the northbound lane, on the wrong side of the road. The suspect vehicle then began driving in the center left turn lane continuously between Black Rock and Portia.
The suspect came into Portia at about 100 MPH driving in the turn lane. I was able to catch up by Portia, so I advised Barton that I would attempt a PIT. Barton could not hear me at first, so I told him again on the radio that I would attempt a PIT. After we got through Portia, Barton pulled over to the side and I took over again as the primary unit. The suspect vehicle was traveling in the inside lane. There was some southbound traffic in the southbound outside lane and I was worried that the suspect vehicle would try to get back over into the turn lane again, so I approached the suspect vehicle on the driver’s side. I kept an eye on my current roadside conditions, and on the northbound traffic. When it was safe to do so, I pulled up and attempted the PIT.
The first attempt was unsuccessful. I then got back into position. When I saw there was no northbound traffic and no roadside hazards, I conducted a successful PIT, causing minor damage to the suspects rear driver’s side bumper. I then stopped my patrol unit. After the PIT, the suspect vehicle slid into the ditch on the northbound roadside. The driver then stomped on the gas, trying to get away again, however he was stuck, and he dug holes with both rear tires, trying to get away again.
With the help of Officer Barton and Deputy Dillon Cagle, I was able to get both suspects into custody. The driver Clauderick Williams was on federal probation or supervised released status from the Western District of Tennessee. There was one passenger in the vehicle, Jermaris Brown. I later learned that Brown had a felony warrant for his arrest, out of Washington County for Theft of Property, Obtaining a Controlled Substance by Fraud, and Breaking or Entering. Brown advised that he was asleep and did not know anything was going on. Both suspects were transported to the Lawrence County Jail.
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