Two area men ended up in jail early Thursday morning, June 18, after a high-speed chase through Sulphur Rock and onto Highway 69 towards Batesville.
According to the incident report, Independence County Deputy Sheriff Nicholas Ade reported he tried to pull over a Buick Ranier SUV for a traffic violation when the vehicle accelerated and raced through Sulphur Rock and onto Highway 69 toward Batesville at speeds of 100 mph. The deputy said the vehicle was going too fast as it tried to turn off the highway onto Harris Trail. The SUV ran off the roadway, through a fence, striking a tree and disabling the vehicle.
Both the driver, identified as Jesse Leon Davis, 46, and the passenger, Daniel Aaron Sanders, 27, were ordered from the vehicle. Davis was cuffed and placed in a squad car after the Crime Information Center showed he had a suspended driver’s license and was wanted on an active absconder warrant by the Arkansas Board of Parole.
The deputy said Sanders told him that Davis had handed him an unknown substance, believed to be methamphetamine, after the vehicle crashed. Sanders said as Davis was being ordered to exit the vehicle, he stuffed the substance between the center console in the front passenger seating area.
A search of the SUV found the substance, which later tested positive as meth, along with a small bottle containing pills that were found to be two different forms of controlled substances.
The two men are facing a variety of charges including fleeing, reckless driving, possession of illegal pills, and possession of meth.
Davis is in jail on the absconder warrant in current charges, and Sanders has been placed on a probable cause hold.
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