Suspect Allegedly Escapes from Hospital, Car-jacks Woman in Scott County

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A Mena man is headed to the hospital after he allegedly led state police and deputies in Scott County on a high speed chase not once, but twice in the same day.

Robert Perry was wanted on outstanding warrants for drug charges in Pope County, according to Scott County Sheriff Cody Carpenter.

Around 1:15 p.m. Tuesday, a state trooper stopped Perry on Highway 71 near Mansfield, but Sheriff Carpenter said the man sped away.

Scott County deputies and Waldron police set up a road block and put down a spike strip on Highway 71, which caused Perry’s vehicle to blow a front tire.

The chase continued for about a mile before Perry finally stopped the vehicle, Sheriff Carpenter said. Perry was placed into custody after a brief struggle with officers and taken to a local hospital to be checked out, according to Sheriff Carpenter.

Perry later slipped away from the hospital and forced a woman out of her vehicle, according to a Scott County dispatcher. He led officers on second chase east of Waldron on Highway 28 to Parks.

Perry turned around and headed back to Waldron where he wrecked the vehicle, the dispatcher said.

No word on Perry’s condition. A medical helicopter was used to take him to the hospital.