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Alton man held after two police vehicles wrecked

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Photo/SCSO A Sharp County patrol car that was wrecked following an attempt to pull over a driver for alleged reckless 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 reckless 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 department 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. Numerous 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 received 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 governmental 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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