Police: Suspect Breaks Bentonville Officer’s Arm During Theft Arrest

BENTONVILLE (KFSM) — A Bentonville Police officer ended up with a broken arm while trying to make a theft arrest about 11:30 p.m. Thursday (March 22).

Police were called to the Double Tree Suites at 301 SE Walton Blvd. to investigate two people trying to open car doors and looking into windows, officers said.

When police arrived, Kimberly R. Miller, 38, of Jay, Okla., and Lance E. Hardman, 38, of Yellville, Ark., were there in a red car.

Hardman fled on foot after officers confronted him about a felony arrest warrant, police said.

When officers caught up to Hardman, he was so aggressive with the officer that he broke the officer's arm, according to a news release sent by Bentonville Police.

Officers said they were able to recover stolen checks, electronics and drugs worth thousands of dollars.

Miller faces charges for felony theft by receiving and possession of drug paraphernalia. She also has active failure to appear warrants from Siloam Springs and Gentry.

Hardman was arrested for felony theft by receiving, 2nd degree battery, possession of drug paraphernalia, felony fleeing, resisting arrest, felony parole violation and a failure to appear warrant from Siloam Springs.

Miller and Hardman are both in the Benton County Detention Center awaiting bond hearings.

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