Story by Arkansas 911 News Chief Editor Paul Maddox
Hot Springs Police Officer 1st Class Rodgers was dispatched to the area of the Hot Springs Airport on Airport Road Wednesday night to locate a reckless vehicle that was traveling east. This suspect vehicle had been stolen from downtown earlier in the day. The 911 caller was on the phone with dispatch giving the play-by-play as OFC Rodgers and his back up officers headed that way.
The suspect vehicle made it to the 300 Block of Airport Road before it turned around in an alleged wild fashion and headed back west. Off duty HSPD Sergeants Zaner and Zaner were in a marked unit in the area of the bypass, when they rogered up on the call and immediately found the vehicle allegedly behaving badly in traffic.
Based on the alleged erratic recklessness of the vehicle, they decided to stop the car as soon as possible. They turned on the blue lights and the suspect allegedly fled from them.
The suspect vehicle allegedly veered wildly across the center line into head-on traffic, came back onto the correct side of the bridge and continued fleeing westbound to South Dana Road.
The suspect made it onto the skinny, neighborhood road, got through the “S” curves, then crossed the road, exited the pavement, struck a utility pole and hit some kind of sewer item or other water type utility fixture. A utility line was knocked from it’s mount and became low hanging over the street.
The alleged driver, Timothy Fay Hallett, 21, homeless in Hot Springs, was arrested and transported to the hospital for treatment.
At the hospital, Mr. Hallett allegedly screamed, yelled, cursed, kicked and hit hospital staff. When released, he allegedly fought police officers on the way to jail..
Mr. Hallett is charged with Felony Theft By Receiving, Fleeing, Resisting Arrest, Disorderly Conduct, Reckless Driving, No Driver’s License and was served with a Failure To Appear arrest warrant with a bond amount totaling $6,750 and a hold was placed on him for the warrant.