The two suspects, whom authorities suspected were involved with a drug transaction, were apprehended at approximately 1:45 p.m. near a pond about 200 yards from where they left their vehicle on Whipporwill Road.
Around noon Drug Task Force Agent John Scarbrough contacted the Independence County Sheriff's Office. Scarbrough said he had identified Brown, who was wanted by Independence authorities for a parole violation, driving a dark colored 2007 Jeep Cherokee, according to Officer Ernie Gillihan.
Gillihan said he then met with Scarbrough, and they located Brown's vehicle traveling down Addie Street. When Gillihan turned on his lights in an attempt to stop Brown, the chase began.
Brown made a left off Addie Street, running several stop signs until he reached North Central Avenue. Once he reached North Central Avenue, Brown began driving in speeds in excess of 70 miles per hour. He continued to run stop signs and passed numerous vehicles on double yellow lines, according to Gillihan.
As the chase continued through Cushman, Gillihan contacted the Izard County Sheriff's Department for assistance.
After Brown sped through a roadblock set up by Izard County authorities on the north side of Mt. Pleasant, he also drove around one set up with spike strips by Fulton County deputies at the Fulton County line.
As the chase reached Salem, Gillihan struck the rear of Brown's vehicle in attempt to deploy the air bag, but the chase continued about two miles down Whipporwill Road before both Brown and Barks were caught fleeing on foot.
Independence County officers Bobby Moser and Chris Little transported the suspects to the Independence County Jail where Brown is currently being held without bond.
According to the Independence authorities, Barks will be able to post bond pending the Arkansas Drug Task Force's investigation.