Sheriff, deputy pull man from under house after suspect flees during traffic stop


As a deputy from the Independence County Sheriff’s Department stopped a Bald Knob man for possible fictitious tags on Highway 167 last Tuesday night (Dec. 29), just north of Batesville, the suspect suddenly turned his vehicle around and fled, according to the department’s incident report.

Before the evening was over, the man, identified in the report as Tommy Lee Mossholder (pictured above, right), 23, of Bald Knob, struck Sheriff’s Shawn Stephens’ patrol vehicle with his vehicle (a 2004 Saturn Vue), led authorities to a mobile home on Cave Creek Road, and then bolted from the Saturn along with a female companion, both of them fleeing on foot, the report said.

The companion, identified as Alison Ussery (pictured above, left), 30, stopped after being ordered to by Stephens and was placed into custody. Mossholder then crawled under the home before he was finally pulled out by Stephens and Deputy Jordan Wesley Harder, according to the report.

During an inventory search of the suspect’s vehicle, a smoking device with residue and a small amount of a white crystalline substance that later tested positive as methamphetamine was discovered, the report said.

Tommy Lee Mossholder is charged with three felonies: fleeing, aggravated assault (when he struck the sheriff’s vehicle), and possession of meth. He’s also charged with five misdemeanors including driving on a suspended license and obstructing government operations.

Ussery also had a warrant out of Bald Knob which was to be issued for a Jan. 12 court date, according to authorities.

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