Photos: 1 Hospitalized, 1 Arrested In Police Chase Crash
Sebastian County deputies arrested a Fort Smith man Tuesday afternoon in a police chase that turned into a high-speed crash, according to authorities.
Darnell Anderson was arrested on suspicion of felony fleeing, reckless driving and endangering the welfare of a minor after deputies said the man failed to stop for a Mansfield officer who was trying to pull the suspect’s vehicle over, according to the Sebastian County Sheriff’s Office.
An underage male passenger in the vehicle was transported to a local hospital with serious injuries to his extremities and back after the suspect crashed the car during the chase, according to the Sheriff’s Office.
Sebastian County deputies began pursuing Anderson’s vehicle at about 1 p.m. after Mansfield police reported the suspect refused to stop for an officer trying to pull the man over. The vehicle had been seen leaving the Scott County Courthouse at high speeds, according to the Sebastian County Sheriff’s Office.
Mansfield police gave chase northbound on Highway 71, but lost sight of the vehicle as it left the Mansfield area and headed toward Huntington.
A witness soon afterward reported seeing a vehicle crash into trees on the side of the highway near Huntington Hill. Emergency crews responded to the scene and discovered a underage boy in the vehicle, with the suspect nowhere to be seen, deputies said.
A manhunt for the suspect–carried out by authorities from Mansfield, Huntington and Greenwood—ended about 30 minutes later after officers found Anderson hiding in some weeds. He immediately surrendered to officers, according to the Sheriff’s Office.