A Fulton County man is facing multiple felony charges after he was caught fleeing from authorities who suspected he was in possession of illegal substances April 8.
Harold Wayne Crosland, 50, of Salem was arrested in connection with possessing cocaine, marijuana and an unprescribed narcotic.
On Easter Sunday Arkansas State Trooper Ronnie Stewart received information from an unidentified source, claiming that Crosland was traveling to his residence in Salem after purchasing illegal drugs in Newport earlier in the day, according to Drug Task Force Officer Jimmy Carter.
Stewart alerted Fulton and Izard County authorities to be on the lookout for Crosland's vehicle, but during his patrol, Stewart spotted the suspect, Carter said.
He said Stewart began following Crosland's vehicle. As Stewart traveled behind the suspect vehicle, it crossed over the center line, and Stewart attempted to initiate a traffic stop.
The vehicle did not stop, but instead began to gain speed. In an attempt to lose Stewart and officers assisting, Crosland turned onto a gravel road, traveling in excess of 65 mph, and turned off his headlights, Carter said.
After traveling approximately four miles, Crosland turned onto another gravel road and traveled a short distance before leaving his vehicle and fleeing on foot, he said.
Carter said once the suspect was on foot, authorities caught him within minutes.
Crosland cooperated with officers and showed them where he had hidden marijuana and cocaine. While searching Crosland's residence, officers found an ammo can containing about .5 ounces of marijuana, various pieces of drug paraphernalia and a plastic dish containing a high dosage of multiple, unprescribed Xanax pills, Carter said.
The day following the arrest, Crosland allegedly acknowledged owning the marijuana, the cocaine and the narcotic.
Carter said Crosland told authorities he had been selling marijuana for two years and had sold cocaine for about two months.
Crosland also claimed ownership of the Xanax pills. Crosland said he had sold narcotics at one time, but the Xanax bars were strictly for his personal use, Carter said.
As of press time, Crosland was being held in the Fulton County Jail.