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Police: Driver leads officers on high-speed chase on I-430, I-630, almost strikes state police trooper

By Emma Pettit

This article was published September 19, 2017 at 9:48 a.m.

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James C. Arnold, 41, of Helena


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After fleeing from a central Arkansas police officer Monday, a man in a pickup evaded state troopers in a high-speed chase along two interstates until he was stopped in Little Rock, police said.

Around 7:30 p.m., a North Little Rock police officer tried to pull over a black Ram truck for failing to use a turn signal at the Counts Massie Road and Maumelle Boulevard intersection, according to a police report.

The Ram driver didn't stop and the vehicle continued onto Interstate 430 south, accelerating to "well over 120 mph" in moderate traffic, the report said.

While following the truck over the Arkansas River bridge, the officer watched as a black handgun was tossed out of the vehicle and onto the structure, authorities said, noting the high speeds showed the driver was exhibiting "extreme indifference to the value of human life."

"Due to this," the officer wrote, "North Little Rock Police then terminated the pursuit."

According to the department's pursuit policy, North Little Rock officers are ordered to stop following a fleeing vehicle for several reasons, including when there is "clear and unreasonable danger to the officer, fleeing suspect or any other persons."

"This may be due to excessive speed, reckless driving techniques or erratic driving by the suspect that exceeds the performance capabilities of the vehicles or drivers," the policy says.

Arkansas State Police troopers reportedly took over the chase and followed the Ram south on I-430 then onto Interstate 630.

During the state police pursuit, the fleeing driver tried to ram a patrol car driven by trooper Christina Johnson as she tried to box it in several times, the report said. At each maneuver, the Ram swerved into her lane, causing her to "slam her brakes" to avoid getting hit, the report said.

When the Ram exited onto John Barrow Road, troopers used an "intervention technique" which disabled the vehicle, the report said.

The driver was identified as 41-year-old James C. Arnold of Helena.

He faces charges of fleeing and aggravated assault and is being held at the Pulaski County jail without bail.

A court date is scheduled for Tuesday.

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abb says... September 19, 2017 at 10:13 a.m.

...and we were coming back from a cub scout meeting when this occurred on I430. If he had killed someone, he should get the death penalty ON THE SPOT. Just wishing here.

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Murphy01 says... September 19, 2017 at 10:32 a.m.

Another one, with another gun.

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idratherbesailing says... September 19, 2017 at 12:21 p.m.

It's a war out there folks. And we're losing.

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YoungHog says... September 19, 2017 at 12:29 p.m.

why would we wish someone would get the death penalty.. NO meth involved move on..

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0boxerssuddenlinknet says... September 19, 2017 at 1 p.m.

apparently James failed to understand what happened to his brother in st Louis when he tried doing the same thing. glad he threw his gun out the window that probably saved his life.
Dumb jerk.

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chosen39 says... September 19, 2017 at 1:58 p.m.

I don't know what this guy's problem is and I don't care. Stupid and foolish actions such as this could have cost the lives of those who have nothing to do with his problems. Wickedness does not discriminate. Whether the wicked is a thug, klansman, child predator, thief or liar, politician or whatever kind of crook. We as one people do understand that we coexist with those who have no regard for life or love. It is necessary to put aside our petty small immature differences. When Will we realize this. Yes we are at war and we won't even become real opposition until we learn how and when to fight. White, black, brown, GREEN or anyway indifferent standing together shoulder to shoulder against any adversary is always a beautiful thing when I see it happening. Lets me know that the world is not only what's portrayed in our media. Be brave. Become bolder. Keep fighting!

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FireEyes says... September 19, 2017 at 2:56 p.m.

If you have nothing to hide, why run??? There is more to this such as a possible previous felon in possession of a firearm. He was seen tossing it so no getting out of that one. It's a miracle no one was killed during all this. Lock him up and lose the key. We'll all be safer.

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FIREARK says... September 19, 2017 at 3:15 p.m.

Red yellow, black, white and brown. There are no green people.

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TravisBickle says... September 19, 2017 at 3:32 p.m.

If you can't Dodge 'em, Ram 'em! Just being from Helena aka Helltown, is reason enough to run.

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