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Two police vehicles wrecked after chase

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Photo/SCSO A Sharp County patrol car that was wrecked following an attempt to pull over a driver for alleged wreckless driving. The incident was responsible for two cars being damaged and minor injuries to a deputy.
A complaint called into central dispatch on April 27 regarding a potential wreckless driver on Highway 167 in Ash Flat, led to a large search by Sharp County deputies, the arrest of two individuals, two damaged police cars and an injured officer.

A report provided by Sharp County Sheriff's Deparatment states that Sharp County Deputy Trint Milligan spotted the possible suspect vehicle in question. a short time later and attempted to pull the 2001 Dodge pick-up over as it began to flee from Milligan.

The vehicle turned off the main road and continued fleeing from the deputy. During the pursuit, Milligan was forced to fire his weapon at the vehicle as is it ran through private property on Good Earth Pottery Road.

Gregory Scotte Bates Photo/Courtesy SCSO
Assisting Ash Flat Officer Dan Fry's police car was hit by the fleeing vehicle. Numeorus officers from Cave City, Ash Flat, Evening Shade and the Arkansas State Police continued chasing the vehicle through the county.

The vehicle ended up off Barnes Road, near Evening Shade. There, it struck a second police vehicle being driven by Sharp County Deputy Jeff Adams. The direct hit caused extensive damage to the vehicle and minor injuries to the officer.

The report said the suspect's vehicle continued and was found abandoned a short distance away. Tracking dogs and additional officers searched the area for the suspect who were believed to be on foot near 540 Barnes Road. At the time of the search, officers had an idea of who the subject was, but the next day, they discovered there were two subjects rather than one and it wasn't the person the Sheriff's Department initially believed.

Keith Alan Eaves Photo/Courtesy SCSO
The following day, the report says, deputies recieved a call from a resident who live on Barnes road. The resident told officials they had seen two males come out of the woods near Wild Turkey Trace. The witness reported that the men were very dirty and appeared to have been in the woods all night. The witness remembered seeing both subject s in the Dodge truck on Wild Turkey Trace just before it sped away and crashed into the Sheriff's department vehicle.

Sharp County Deputy Gary Mitchell responded to the area and eventually found and apprehended one of the subjects who was later identified as Keith Alan Eaves, 22 of Belle, Mo. When Eaves was captured, he yelled into the woods, "Run Scotte, run".

A short while later the second subject was apprehended by Mitchell. He was identified as Gregory Scotte Bates, 42, of Alton, Mo.

Both Subjects were taken to the Sharp County Jail where they were interviewed by investigator's from the Arkansas State Police and the Sharp County Sheriff's Department. Eaves admitted to driving the vehicle when Milligan initially attempted to pull them over. He also admitted to switching drivers when he fled and the truck became stuck on some rocks. He was the driver who drove the truck away and ultimately crashed into two police units.

Mitchell also arrested Joshi Thompson, a friend of Bates. Thompson was contacted by Bates as phone records indicated. Thompson was caught in the area of Barnes Road just before the two men were apprehended.

When Thompson was questioned about the two men, she lied to Mitchell and denied she had been contacted by either man. Mitchell then called the number that the records showed was called by the two men and Thompson's phone began to ring in her hand. She then changed her story and admitted that they had called her to come to the area and pick them up. Thompson was charged with interfering with governemental operations. Based on the information gathered in this incident, Both Bates and Eaves were charged with felony fleeing and two counts of aggravated assault.

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why did the officer shoot at the suspect when the basic charge at the time was reckless driving. What kind of policy does his department have about discharging a weapon. This was a not so smart move on his part. He has been watching way to much TV. A smart lawyer will do well on this one.

-- Posted by troutman on Mon, May 10, 2010, at 12:02 PM

I agree troutman...forced to fire his weapon as it ran through private property. Unless the suspect used his vehicle as a deadly weapon directed at the deputy, I see an administrative leave and possible termination in the deputy's future. With that said, I am glad they were finally able to apprehend these two losers.

-- Posted by hogwild67 on Mon, May 10, 2010, at 6:26 PM

troutman is known on here as one big complainer about almost everything that goes on around here. if he ever said one positive thing about anything local, I would fall out of my chair. he's some memphis boob that has a grudge against anything in the village along with a few other disgruntled local retired curmudgeons. it's his way or no way. in his mind, he's always right. he's got 'that's not the way we do it where I come from' syndrome real bad. will end up being another whining retiree, oh well. having said that, I will completely agree with him on this one, but that's no big revelation as this is just plain old common sense that any of us dumb locals can easily see. it appears this local barney fife apparently had no reason to allegedly discharge his weapon on a vehicle running away from him and apparently not endangering anybody other than themselves, and certainly nobody would have cared if they killed themselves in a car accident while trying to flee from the alleged barney. it would just be two less slimeballs we taxpayers would have to feed, clothe, shelter, and pander to. whatever the reason for shooting his weapon, the officer's story will come out eventually and to be fair, he needs to explain and justify his reasoning for shooting at these two idiots, but on the surface there does not seem to be a very valid reason for firing his weapon from the way it was described in this article.

-- Posted by LesterT on Wed, May 12, 2010, at 6:12 AM

Hey Lester, my roots go waaaaay back for the area. Are you a real "local" Yes I complain but apparently you have missed some of my pat on the back comments. And as to my way or the highway you really miss the points. I am as SOUTHERN as grits and do not agree with some of the out of towners that have moved in and taken control of the village and want to change things to their ways.

-- Posted by troutman on Wed, May 12, 2010, at 11:46 AM

I may be wrong but as soon as you run from a police officer it is felony evasion. If the police officer felt that the men in question were in a position to endanger a citizens life while in the commission of a felony, Isn't he justified in trying to stop the vehicle by shooting out a tire? A child could have stepped out from behind a shed or been riding his bike and been killed by the person being chased. Of course with that argument the child could also have been in the line of fire but I am sure that the officer took that into consideration before discharging his firearm.

The police are at a disadvantage because they have to follow the rules while the criminals don't It is just like war, our troops have to follow the rules of the Geneva convention but the enemy doesn't .

I believe in innocent until proven guilty but running from the police, at least in my opinion is an admission of guilt.

My opinion may be biased but that is the way I feel. It doesn't make me right it just makes me honest.

-- Posted by just some guy on Mon, May 24, 2010, at 5:36 PM

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