Authorities Arrest Three Suspects Involved In High-Speed Chase

Authorities in Crawford County have arrested three suspects after a high-speed chase that, at times, got up to 100 miles-per-hour, but one suspect is still on the loose.

Several different law enforcement agencies in the River Valley are searching for one remaining suspect involved in a high-speed chase that spanned three counties Wednesday night (May 28), according to Crawford County Sheriff Ron Brown.

The stolen flatbed truck used in the chase was found abandoned in south Logan County Thursday morning. Logan County authorities are currently processing it for evidence.

Investigators said it all started after four white men were involved in a tractor theft that occurred most of the day Wednesday in the Dyer and Mulberry Bottoms, according to Brown.

“Wednesday night, a deputy noticed a farm truck and attempted to stop it,” Brown said.

The suspects then drove the stolen truck to Logan and Franklin Counties. Around 9:30 p.m., authorities lost the suspects somewhere along Highway 23, authorities said.

Several different agencies were involved in the chase, including Arkansas State Police, Crawford, Logan and Franklin County Sheriff’s Departments, as well as officers with Boonville, Paris and Ozark Police.

Detectives also said a checkbook reported stolen from a home in Russellville was found on the property where the truck was stolen.

The three suspects who have been arrested so far are pictured below:

Pictured from left to right: Joe Lasiter, Zachary Farnam and Jeremy Stanford.

Pictured from left to right: Joe Lasiter, Zachary Farnam and Jeremy Stanford.

If anyone has information on the final suspect, they are encouraged to call the River Valley Crimestoppers Tip Line at 78-CRIME.

28 comments

  • Bob Gnarly

    Perhaps law enforcement needs to purchase a fleet of farm trucks. They couldn’t drink more gas than the vehicles currently in use and they might be better able to catch……farm trucks.

    • Tom

      It was 23 south of Ozark, not really considered pig trail there. Dont get me wrong, it is still dangerous for a chase and glad my daughter was out of town and not driving home from practice!!

  • Charlie

    When the bad guys get on a dirt road it would not make any difference if the police were in a Corvettes or APC. The safety of the officers in the chase and the public driving the same road become a major factor.
    My only question is “why were spikes not deployed?”

  • bobreal

    They need to ask the two that were arrest who the others are; then tell them they will stay in jail till you do.. Then once they are caught have ALL Their hearings at the same time.. If found Guilty give ALL of them a long stay in one of Our Prisons..

  • Brandy

    I am disgusted with our law enforcement officers this morning. Was it really neccesary to endanger the entire community over a freaking tractor theft?? And even with 20-30 police vehicles yall didnt catch them, what if you had caused an accident and KILLED someone??? You had two of them in custody, there was no need to have a three county wide high speed pursuit…. absolutely disgusted and will definately remember this while voting this year…..

    • Michael

      When a police officer goes to make a traffic stop, and the vehicle doesn’t stop, they can’t just say “Well this is for a freaking tractor so I’m not going to pursue him.” How was the officer supposed to know that was actually the vehicle they were looking for. They didn’t stop, so obviously they were up to something. Get real.

    • Michael

      And another thing….There might have been a ton of police officers involved, but they weren’t all from the same county/agency. They more than likely would have been sitting waiting on this vehicle to come by. If the vehicle went down a different road, there’s a good chance you are going to lose them. There aren’t enough officers to cover every single road at the same time. Again.. Get real.

  • Sentry

    3 county pigs, 3 city pigs and the awkinsaw state pigs. All in pursuit of the “farm truck”. And the farm truck gets away. Single digit i.q. 300 lbs. overweight= arkie cop.

  • Shane house

    They had them in the bottoms, why did they send some lead their way. These thugs need to be stopped. Farmers pay taxes to own and work land and thugs just come in and destroy it. Something needs to be done and I hope a cop doesn’t get into trouble when they shoot up a vehicle fleeing a theft. Be warned here. If you run, you get shot! Just sayin’!

    • sonya stiles

      i am the mother of joe lasiter and i am very disappointed in him but for u to say they should be shot is not right cause how wold u feel if if was ur child apparenlly u dont have any .i believe they should be pnished just remember their family shouldnt be pnished they should

  • Brandy

    Well when they blew past me there were approximately 15 police vehicles and even some officers in their private vehicles right on their tail, plus another 3-5 a few seconds behind those, then several minutes later 9 more… Are you familiar with the area they lost them in? Did you personally witness 20-40 police vehicles running around with lights and sirens blaring?
    Chases are called off all the time, innocent bystanders are killed because of chases all the time, it’s called risk vs benefit, was the risk to the community worth the benefit? NO!!

  • Brandy

    Well when they blew past me there were approximately 15 police vehicles and even some officers in their private vehicles right on their tail, plus another 3-5 a few seconds behind those, then several minutes later 9 more… Are you familiar with the area they lost them in? Did you personally witness 20-40 police vehicles running around with lights and sirens blaring?
    Chases are called off all the time, innocent bystanders are killed because of chases all the time, it’s called risk vs benefit, was the risk to the community worth the benefit? NO!! And looks like they managed to in less than 24 hours catch one of them without endangering everyone on the road…

  • Brandy

    And I realize that there were several agencies involved in this circus, unfortunately I only get to vote for one of them… And I’m very disappointed because up until now I really respected our sheriff, hell I even voted for him and had planned to again…

  • heather

    Lol! I went to school with one of those idiots! The chase came right through our town. It wouldn’t be hard to lose the cops around some of these backroads..especially if you grew up here and know them well.

  • James

    What if law enforcement would have backed off with pursuit? These guys were desperate to get away. Was it possible they were armed? They were pretty desperate and brazen to break into a resident to steal checks. What could have happen if some had been home at time of break in. These guys had evil things on their mind and were determined to not get caught. If i’m not mistaken it is protocol for agencies to back of pursuit when site of vehicle is lost sight of or crosses over in another jurisdiction. That is what radio communications is for. It is possible supervisors called off pursuit that is maybe why they got away from pursuit due to safety of the public. I’m proud of the law enforce,sent agencies involved. These suspects needed to be caught not just because of the stolen items taken or damaged but because of the possibility of what they the suspects could of been capable of doing out of desperation. The other suspect could be somewhere at this time committing crimes out of desperation to get away. Would you want it to be your family that he is using to inflict his evil deeds upon. Good job law enforcement agencies involved. Hope u catch the other suspect soon. Yes snitches get stitches, so be it, they deserve it. Tough dookie! This happen close to my home I will be prepared and he will bleed because I will protect my family and property. Good job Sheriff Brown and deputies. And others.

  • Ted

    I know one of those guys and let me just say I am not surprised.Hopefully they will clean up their act….one of these days…..

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