A North Little Rock man stopped for going more than 100 mph in a 60 mph zone Thursday night apologized, said he was in a hurry to meet his girlfriend and moments later took off, leading authorities on a pursuit through parts of Little Rock, police said.
Guy Nolley, 58, was ultimately arrested when he blew a tire and his vehicle came to a stop in the parking lot of a bail-bonds business near the Pulaski County jail, where he was booked on charges of fleeing, careless driving, speeding and following too closely.
Police first spotted Nolley's Ford Fusion traveling at a high speed on southbound Interstate 30 near the river bridge, according to a Pulaski County sheriff's office report. A sheriff's deputy watched as the car changed lanes rapidly and nearly hit a sport utility vehicle before getting behind it and pacing it at 104 mph, the report said.
The deputy then pulled the Fusion over near the Interstate 630 merge.
"[Nolley] stated to me 'I'm sorry for driving that way; I'm just in a hurry to meet my girlfriend,'" the deputy wrote in the report. "Once back in my vehicle I was conducting a drivers license check on Nolley when I observed the brake lights of his vehicle illuminate, then the vehicle pulled away and started westbound on I-630."
The chase continued at speeds between 35 and 55 mph onto Cumberland Street, Charles Bussey Avenue, Main Street and ultimately onto Roosevelt Road, police said.
The pursuit ended about 10 p.m. in the parking lot of Bobby Cox Bail Bonds on Roosevelt Road near Brown Street after the Fusion blew a tire, the report said.
Nolley was arrested without further incident.