Fleeing suspect doesn’t get too far on run from Independence County authorities

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A subject who allegedly took a vehicle in Izard County without permission of the owner drove into Independence County, where he was ultimately arrested.

On Friday, Nov. 22, Izard County authorities informed their Independence County counterparts that a man had taken a white Honda Odyssey van from an Oxford, Ark., address and was believed to be at a location in Independence County.

About 15 minutes after receiving the information, Independence County Sheriff’s Deputy Johnny Byler spotted the van on Allen Chapel Road, turning onto Section Road at a high rate of speed, according to the incident report.

As it turned into a driveway, the driver jumped from the vehicle and fled on foot. Byler said the subject, identified in the report as Kenneth Ray Garrison, 42, of Lexa, Ark., didn’t run far until he surrendered and was arrested.

A hold was placed on Garrison on a request from Izard County Chief Deputy Charlie Melton who said Garrison would be charged with unauthorized use of a vehicle. Byler also charged Garrison in Independence County with fleeing on foot and driving on a suspended driver’s license.

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