From the narrative of Trooper Quincy Harris, lightly edited for clarity and brevity: on the June 20, 2019, at approximately 12:00 p.m., Troop A Communications advised that Saline County was in pursuit of a vehicle on Interstate 30 eastbound, approaching Geyer Springs Road. Saline County advised the reason they were attempting to stop the vehicle was an outstanding felony warrant on the driver, Ricky Pennington. Furthermore, Bryant Police Department had been involved in a pursuit with the same vehicle earlier in the day.
At 12:08 p.m., I observed a single unmarked patrol unit with lights activated in pursuit of the Impala. Trooper Roam and I entered Interstate 30 East from Geyer Springs Road and we became involved in the pursuit.
At Approximately 12:09 p.m., I assumed the primary position and Trooper Roam assumed secondary.
As the pursuit continued on I-30 East, we reached speeds of more than 100 mph, driving on both the left and right highway shoulders. While continuing to drive recklessly through heavy traffic conditions, at times I had to maneuver to the inside shoulder.
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In an effort to not only keep up with the Impala, but to give drivers traveling ahead of the pursuit a warning that an emergency was taking place and they need to take precautions due to Pennington driving in such a manner as to indicate a wanton disregard for the safety of the public.
The pursuit continued to reach speeds of more than 100 mph, as we took the Interstate-440 East entrance ramp from Interstate 30 East.
While on the entrance ramp to I-440, it should be noted that Pennington struck a vehicle while attempting to pass on the left shoulder. Pennington continued to drive recklessly at speeds of over 100 mph, even with a flat tire that he gained due to the collision.
Around the Fouche Dam Pike exit, Trooper Dotson took the secondary position in the pursuit due to Trooper Roam experiencing flat tires. I attempted to P.I.T. the vehicle several times, but the volume of traffic and Pennington’s attempt to prevent the P.I.T. maneuver made my attempts unsuccessful. Pennington”s rear passenger-side tire eventually disintegrated, causing a large piece of metal to strike my windshield. Due to the shattering glass covering the upper half of my body including my face I pulled my vehicle to the left shoulder and advised dispatch I could no longer pursue the vehicle. At this time Trooper Dotson took the primary position in the pursuit.
“After locating my safety glasses in my vehicle, I was eventually able to catch back up to the end of the pursuit where the vehicle lost control and wrecked out. Myself, Troopers, and assisting agencies placed both subjects in the vehicle in custody without incident. The Saline County Sheriff’s Office took custody of both subjects and [Pennington] was charged accordingly.
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