High-speed chase ends with suspect escaping

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A high-speed chase that started in Independence County ended in Jackson County with the suspect escaping capture.

On routine patrol in Oil Trough Saturday, May 11, Independence County Deputy Sheriff Zachary Bailey saw a vehicle he recognized as being operated by a subject who had active felony arrest warrants out of Independence County.

The Independence County Circuit Court documents said the subject, identified as Ernesto Trevino, 35, traveled for a few miles before pulling over on the shoulder of State Highway 122 near the White River Bridge.

Since Trevino had active felony warrants, Bailey had his service weapon drawn and told Trevino to exit the car. Instead, Trevino took off and the chase was on with speeds in Independence County reaching 120 mph. Deputy Bobby Lockard soon joined the pursuit as the chase reached Jackson County. Arkansas State Police, Jackson County Sheriff’s Deputies, Diaz Police, and Newport Police then assisted in the pursuit which finally led to Highway 67 with the suspect vehicle headed south, traveling at speeds in excess of 140 mph. About a mile and a half south on 67, authorities lost contact with the vehicle.

Bailey has requested a warrant for the arrest of Ernesto Trevino for felony fleeing. Since Trevino has been previously convicted of more than four felonies, he is being charged under the habitual offender act, which would make him subject, if found guilty, to an extended term of imprisonment. A bond has been set on Trevino at $50,000.

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