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Hot Springs Police Officer Davis conducted a traffic stop in the area of Central Avenue and Chapel Street Sunday Afternoon on a white Chevy Lumina for allegedly having fictitious tags. The driver of the vehicle allegedly could not provide his driver’s license or an ID. The suspect allegedly gave the officer a name, but the info was allegedly bogus. The picture in the police computer of the name given allegedly did not match what the driver looks like. Off. Davis was in the middle of trying to confirm the driver’s identification when the driver allegedly drove off.
Off. Davis followed the suspect’s vehicle onto Prospect Avenue then Court Street. According to the police report, after losing sight of the vehicle momentarily on Court Street, he caught sight of it allegedly running a stop light while turning left onto Central Avenue. The suspect allegedly continued driving erratically at a high rate of speed along Bathhouse Row and ended up hitting an iron fence at Fountain Street and Central Avenue. The suspect vehicle then allegedly spun around, hit a Dodge pickup injuring 2 occupants, took out a bus bench, and came to rest on the sidewalk in front of the Arlington Hotel.
The suspect allegedly jumped out of the driver’s window and continued fleeing on foot. Off. Davis ordered the suspect to stop several times. The suspect allegedly continued to run. Off. Davis took charge of the mayhem by getting some trigger time on that taser gun of his. According to the report, once zapped and on the ground, the suspect continued to remain uncooperative and got a second dose of the good stuff. Additional HSPD officers arrived on scene and the suspect was taken into custody.
This suspect was ultimately identified as Parolee Curtis Edward Freeman, 30, of Bailey Place in Hot Springs. Mr. Freeman was found to have a parole violation warrant and allegedly several other warrants through different counties. The info he allegedly gave initially was that of his cousin.
Parolee Freeman was transported by LifeNet Ambulance to the hospital with non-life threatening injury. He was cleared by hospital staff a short time later. He was then transported to the Garland County Detention Center for processing. LifeNet also transported at least 1 of the occupants of the truck to the hospital by ambulance.
Parolee Freeman’s new charges include Felony Fleeing In A Vehicle, Felony Aggravated Assault, Felony Criminal Mischief, Fleeing On Foot, Resisting Arrest, and Obstructing Governmental Operations with a bond amount totaling $9,500. He also got a ticket for several traffic charges.