On 05/22/20, at approximately 10:49 pm, Trooper Earnest Benton had just merged onto College Avenue southbound from Fullbright when he spotted three sports cars racing northbound on College Avenue at speeds he estimated to be well over 100 miles per hour. Trooper Benton swung around after the third car passed his location. He was in a pursuit.
The fleeing vehicles increased their speeds, and started weaving through light traffic as they fled. As the three vehicles passed Main Street, two turned their lights off. At night. From that point, they were only visible when they braked.
The three vehicles entered into the city limits of Springdale, Arkansas on Thompson Street, running a red light at the intersection of Thompson Street and West Lakeview Drive. They continued weaving In and out of traffic as they fled northbound.
Trooper Benton noticed vehicles stopped just south of Locomotive Avenue on Thompson Street in the northbound lanes of traffic, and saw that one of the fleeing cars had crashed into a creek on the east side of Thompson Street. There was a red Chevy Camaro upside-down in the creek. And its two male occupants were exiting.
Meet Brian Escobar-Lopez and his friend Humberto Ibarra. Escobar-Lopez was charged with felony fleeing and racing. Felony Information was actually filed, and his case is still open.
A look at Mr. Escobar-Lopez’s driving record, only in relation to the State Police, reveals that he wasn’t lying about his history of speeding tickets.
On July 5, 2019 Sr. Cpl. Raymond Triplett stopped and cited him for driving 97 in a 70, and for reckless driving.
On November 16, 2019, Trp. Zenda Staab stopped and cited him for driving 106 in a 70, and for reckless driving.
On May 6, 2020, Trp. Mason Redding stopped him for driving 101 in a 70, and – again – for reckless driving.
For context, as a reminder, the pictured incident occurred only shortly thereafter, on May 22, 2020.
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