Saturday, July 17, 2010

TOP STORY > >Driver who destroyed squad car sought

Cabot police are looking for the driver and passenger of a stolen truck that rammed a patrol car Wednesday during a five-mile chase that ended when the truck ran off the highway and the two suspects ran into the woods.
gt. Brent Lucas, spokesman for the Cabot Police Department, said in a press release Thursday that Sgt. Larry Thompson attempted to stop a silver 2006 Chevrolet Silverado on Mountain Springs Road because it was driving off the pavement and the utility trailer loaded with a lawn mower it was pulling had no lights.

The driver refused to stop, Lucas said. He turned onto Lindulake Road, drove into a cul-de-sac and turned around.

Thompson had pulled over to the side of the road as the suspect turned around.

But instead of stopping, the suspect crossed the center line and hit Thompson’s patrol car head-on.

After the crash, the suspect accelerated and tried to push Thompson’s patrol vehicle into a ditch. The impact disabled Thompson’s vehicle.

Thompson was able to see that the driver was a white male and there was also a white male passenger inside the suspect vehicle,” Lucas wrote.

With three other patrol cars in pursuit, the suspect traveled toward Highway 5 on Mt. Springs Road. He drove around Mountain Springs Elementary and over curbs at the school.

From there, he continued north on Highway 5 where he ran off the road at Spring Valley and Kirkland.
Lucas said later that Thompson was not injured. The pickup was stolen from Conway and the trailer and lawnmower were stolen from Cabot.

Lawnmower theft has not been as big a problem in Cabot as it has in other jurisdictions, he said.

Anyone with information about the two suspects is asked to call the Cabot Police Department Investigative Unit at 501-843-6166. If after hours, call 501-843-6526.