Trucker arrested after 45-mile chase

FILE — An Arkansas State Police patrol unit is shown in this 2021 file photo. (Hot Springs Sentinel-Record file photo)
FILE — An Arkansas State Police patrol unit is shown in this 2021 file photo. (Hot Springs Sentinel-Record file photo)

The driver of an 18-wheeler led Arkansas State Police troopers on a 45-mile chase in Pope County on Wednesday afternoon, an agency spokesperson said, ending after troopers deployed spike strips.

The truck, driven by Birotte Charamant, 44, of Florida, nearly struck a trooper who was pulling over another driver, spokeswoman Cindy Murphy said. At that point, she said, the trooper set out in pursuit of Charamant.

When Charamant refused to stop, troopers used spike strips that damaged the vehicle’s tires, although the vehicle kept rolling for some time until it came to a halt, Murphy said. Charamant refused to get out, but troopers were eventually able to arrest him, she said.

Charamant was being held in the Pope County jail on an aggravated assault charge, Murphy said.

This story has been updated. It was originally published at 7:04 p.m. under the headline "Driver of tractor-trailer arrested after chase in Pope County."

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