|Arkansas man leads cops on 100 mph chase
Trooper’s road spikes put SUV out of commission
|Faith Huffman | News-Telegram News Editor|
Feb. 9, 2006 -- A 16-mile vehicle chase along Interstate 30 east involving a 29-year-old Arkansas man concluded at 12:27 a.m. Thursday when the brown Ford Expedition slid into the center median after running over tire spikes.
Police first noticed the 2001 model sport utility vehicle as it sped past Sulphur Springs Police Sgt. Buddy Williams at 12:18 a.m. at the 120 mile marker. Williams attempted to stop the brown SUV at the 121 mile marker, but the driver did not pull over, instead continuing east on I-30.
The vehicle traveled at speeds in excess of 100 miles per hour as it passed through Sulphur Springs and continued east on the highway, passing other vehicles on the shoulder.
Williams continued to follow the SUV, notifying other nearby law enforcement units of the pursuit. SSPD Cpl. Jason Ricketson joined the chase behind Williams' patrol vehicle, and Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper David Reynolds put out tire spikes at the 136 mile marker.
After hitting the spikes, the vehicle continued to the 137 mile marker, where it eventually stopped in the center median, according to Williams.
Billy Dewayne Furlow Jr. of Blytheville, Ark., was arrested at 12:27 a.m. Thursday for felony evading arrest in a vehicle. Furlow was also found to be in possession of less than two ounces of marijuana, resulting in an additional misdemeanor charge. A computer check showed Furlow is also wanted by the Department of Correction in Arkansas for a parole violation. An unspecified small amount of cash was also seized, according Williams.
Furlow remained in the county jail at midmorning Thursday awaiting arraignment on the three charges, according to jail reports.