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On November 11, 2014 at approximately 7:56 PM Chief Deputy John Nichols was traveling west bound on State Hwy 10 West.  Nichols stated that he observed a vehicle, with its emergency flashers on, traveling east bound at a high rate of speed.  Nichols advised Lt. Bill Finley, who was east of him on State HWY 10 of the vehicle to see if he could intercept it.   Finley made contact with the vehicle, the blue Saturn was speeding at an access of 90 MPH.  Finley attempted to stop the vehicle by initiating his blue lights and siren.  After pursuing the vehicle for approximately four miles, the vehicle pulled over to the right shoulder of the road.  As Lt. Finley got out of his unit and started approaching the vehicle, the vehicle fled again traveling east bound.  Finley got back in his unit and notified dispatch that the vehicle was fleeing from him. 

As the pursuit came into Adona city limits Deputy Will Doughty joined the pursuit, they continued at speeds up to 80 and 90 MPH.  Perryville Patrolman Robert McGhee was set up on HWY 10 in Perry with his blue lights and siren going as well.  The vehicle still did not stop and in fact almost hit Patrolman McGhee’s patrol car.  The vehicle then turned north on State HWY 9 and continued thru Oppelo.  Morrilton Police was notified and asked to assist, they set up on the other side of the Arkansas river bridge.  Morrilton Police deployed spike strips, this blew out three of the four tires on the suspect vehicle.  The vehicle traveled another 50 to 75 yards and then stopped.  At this time Lt. Finley and Deputy Doughty arrested the suspect without further incident.  Mr. Watson stated that he didn’t stop because his son had gotten injured at their home and they were taken him to the emergency room in Morrilton.  Lt. Finley stated that the boy appeared normal, but he already had an ambulance on standby, the ambulance transported the boy and his mother to the hospital.  Oppelo Police Dept. and Arkansas State Police assisted in the pursuit.

The suspect, Stephen Karl Watson, 30 yrs old, from Casa was arrested and charged with Fleeing, Class D Felony; Endangering the welfare of a minor, Class D Felony; Reckless Driving; Driving on a Suspended License; Speeding.  Mr. Watson is being held at the Perry County Jail awaiting on bond to be set.   

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