A Franklin man led police in a high speed pursuit across county lines at speeds exceeding 110 miles-per-hour before trying to evade on foot, according to authorities.
Lieutenant Carl Boles of the Horseshoe Bend Police Department attempted to stop a 1994 black Toyota Camry being driven by Michael Kelley, 18, of Franklin around noon on Jan. 2.
"I knew that Mr. Kelley had a suspended driver's license and had run from Horseshoe Bend officers on Saturday night," Boles said. "I activated my blue lights ... he immediately began to accelerate."
According to Boles, Kelley ran two cars off the road at the intersection of Highway 56 and Highway 289, and narrowly missed two females walking when he turned onto Strawberry Valley Road.
Ash Flat Police Chief Mike Zeiger blocked the path of the Camry with his squad car resulting in Kelley turning on to a logging road.
"After approximately 75 yards, the road ended, and the suspect slid to a stop, exited his car and began running," Zeiger said.
According to Zeiger, Kelley held a shiny object in his left hand which he threw into the woods just before the foot chase ended when Zeiger drew his weapon and ordered Kelley to the ground.
Kelley reportedly told Zeiger the reason he was running was because he had no driver's license. "This ain't gonna mess me up is it? I have to be at work at 3 p.m., and I'm trying to get into the military," Kelly said, according to the police report.
Kelly was charged with felony fleeing by vehicle, careless and prohibited driving, no driver's license and fleeing by foot. Authorities reported the object thrown into the woods was Kelly's car keys.
Kelly's car was towed and he was taken to the Izard County Detention Facility, according to authorities.