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Over 110 mph pursuit damages patrol car

Monday, October 31, 2011

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Highland Police Officer Bryan Buchanan's police vehicle trapped Billy Keifer's car following a police pursuit from Fulton to Sharp County Oct. 18 at speeds exceeding 110 miles per hour.
A police pursuit involving a stolen car driven through two counties, hitting speeds of over 110 miles per hour, eventually led to a Highland officer's patrol car being severely damaged, and the arrest of a Ravenden man on various charges, including felony fleeing.

On Oct. 18, Fulton County Deputy J. Boshears contacted Ash Flat Police officer Dan Fry about a stolen older model Camaro with antique license plates that had been taken in Fulton County. The car was being test driven and had not been returned.

The officer was advised the driver was intoxicated. Boshears also told Fry the department had made contact with the driver, Billy Keifer, 43, from Ravenden, and requested he bring the stolen vehicle to the Fulton County Sheriff's office.

Keifer hung up on the officer. Boshears then called to alert Sharp County officers that Keifer would possibly be coming through Ash Flat on his way to Ravenden.

Ash Flat Deputy Dan Fry responded to the call and began to watch for the vehicle.

While sitting near Ash Flat, Fry witnessed the stolen car driving eastbound on Highway 62/412 on the four-lane.

He got behind the car, activated his lights and attempted to stop the vehicle.

The driver continued to flee, driving recklessly, after the officer activated his siren. Soon after the pursuit began, Fry turned on his in-car video camera.

At Highland, the car ran through a stoplight with several other cars at the intersection.

By this time, Highland officer Bryan Buchanan had also joined in the pursuit in an attempt to stop Keifer before he injured anyone.

The video shows Keifer nearly rear ending a vehicle in the turning lane, cutting in and out of traffic, and finally, hitting his breaks, causing Buchanan to hit his rear bumper.

During the chase, both officers were in radio contact and made plans to box in the driver in, but there was not an adequate area in which to stop the vehicle.

The officers were also in contact with the Hardy Police Department, which set up spike strips.

Finally, near R and R Ready Mix in Highland, Keifer again hit the brakes on his car, causing Buchanan to again hit him in the rear of the car. That caused both vehicles to slide across the highway, where they came to rest in the businesses driveway.

Buchanan was not injured in the incident, but the suspect vehicle and the police car involved had to be towed.

Keifer continued to try to escape, attempting to put his disabled car in reverse before finally attempting to escape through the window.

Buchanan then pulled him out of the window and placed him in custody, at which time Keifer was fully coherent and talking.

He was then transported by Spring River Paramedic Ambulance service to Fulton County Hospital, when he became incoherent, possibly due to alcohol use.

Keifer was later released to the custody of the Sharp County Sheriff's department, where he is being held in the detention facility awaiting formal charges.

The blood sample taken at the hospital was sent to the Arkansas State Crime lab for analysis.

Keifer was charged with felony fleeing, DWI, driving on a suspended license, reckless driving, speeding 110 in a 55, following too close, driving left of center, improper lane change, no seat belt, no proof of insurance, failure to stop at a traffic light and refusal to submit to arrest.

Keifer also faces additional charges in Fulton County for the theft of the vehicle.



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