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Man on the run found by DOC

Thursday, July 30, 2009

A high-speed chase on Arkansas State Highway 9 at 7 p.m. on July 18, ended two and a half hours later, when the Arkansas Department of Corrections K-9 Unit discovered the driver in the woods one-quarter mile from where his red Chevrolet truck was over turned in the ditch.

Salem Police Officer, Johnny Byler, attempted to stop Smith at the intersection of 62 and 9 South, after observing the truck cross the double-yellow lines. The driver ignored the officer's flashing lights and instead picked up speed, according to the police report.

Byler closely followed Smith for about 10 miles, reaching speeds of around 100 miles per hour. Once traffic became a factor and the road became more dangerous, Byler slowed to a safe speed, catching up to Smith's overturned vehicle and passenger, Chris Stephenson.

Stephenson climbed out of the truck through the back glass.

After Byler assisted Stephenson, he placed him under arrest and inquired where the driver was. Stephenson said he did not know but did inform Byler that the driver's name was Scott Christopher Smith of Salem, according to the police report.

Byler contacted the K-9 Unit with the Department of Corrections in Calico Rock, which arrived at the site of the accident at about 9 p.m.

"It was a good decision to call them," said Walter Dillinger, Fulton County Sheriff.

Salem, Fulton County and State Police were all involved in the runaway driver hunt.

"The dogs found him real quick," Dillinger said. The K-9 Unit located Smith hiding beneath a pile of brush left from the January 2009 ice storm.

"It was clear that he was intoxicated when they found him," Dillinger said.

Smith, 38, was taken into custody at about 9:30 p.m. and transported to the Fulton County Hospital, where he refused medical treatment. Smith was then put in the Fulton County Jail and was continuing to be held there as of press time. He has been charged with a felony for fleeing and a DWI with other charges still pending.

Smith is also wanted in Pulaski County for failure to appear.

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