Not suspicious at all
An officer, as officers do, was on College Avenue working out an accident report one Tuesday evening, May 16 at 4:15 p.m. when an SUV passed her. That in itself was not noteworthy save for, as the officer reported “The driver had a panicked look on his face [and the woman riding with him] immediately turned her face away from me.” Thus being thus, the officer called in the license number on the SUV and, what do you know, the vehicle proved to be listed as stolen out of Little Rock.
A U-turn and blue lights were the next order of business, as the officer maneuvered to catch up with the panicked driver and his demuring passenger. The SUV sped up, apparently trying to get away from the officer, separated as it was by several cars. The officer continued to gain on it as the SUV turned off College and into a neighborhood, then turning at several intersections, picking up speed the entire time. At one point the SUV, a Tahoe, turned into oncoming traffic in order to make a turn at College and Salem. The officer, rather than risk further hazard, stopped here and called in the SUV had been, as it were, “lost.”
Then a call came in, the speeding SUV was pulling into the Walgreens parking lot near College and Salem. The officer proceeded there. As she entered the area she saw the Tahoe parked at a sports clinic, and nearby a man pushing a wheelchair with a woman in it, down the road. The man pushing was the panicked man she had seen driving the Tahoe earlier. The officer stopped, and noted the man was out of breath and sweating, “and very nervous.”
The officer asked where he and the woman were going, and the man told her they thought they’d had an appointment at the clinic. They had just come, he told the officer to her question, from a nearby trailer park which he named. The officer countered this by stating she had seen him recently driving the (parked nearby) Tahoe, then asked for his and the woman’s ID.
With this the man took a bottle of pills from his pocket. The officer said “stop.” The man, quickly, opened the bottle and poured all the pills from the bottle into his hand, the officer again calling “stop” “and attempted to put them [the pills] into his mouth after being told to stop,” the officer reported, continuing “[He] was put into custody at this time.”
(Note to reader “custody” is the official language way of saying “handcuffs.”)
The investigation continued. A second officer, joining the investigation, called in the ID on the man and woman while the reporting officer read them their rights. The man, it turned out, was wanted on a felony warrant and the SUV, it was confirmed again, was stolen.
“I then advised dispatch [he] was in custody,” the report stated.
The officer asked the man where he had gotten the Tahoe. The man started out stating he didn’t know, he hadn’t been driving the Tahoe, but this soon changed to he had gotten it from a friend, of who he knew only by first name, who’d let him borrow it. The officer asked why he had driven like he had, it being a borrowed car, and the man shook his head, stating he did not know.
Attention was turned to the woman. She, she told the officer, did not know why the man ran and had asked him to stop. He was panicked when he told her to get out and started pushing her, she told the officer, and didn’t know how long he had the Tahoe.
The key for the SUV was found nearby, and the SUV was impounded. The woman was let go, the man jailed, charges including fleeing (he had almost hit two people at one point) theft by receiving and, of course, the warrant, which was out of Crawford County. The man and woman shared the same last name.
A woman came to police to file a report Tuesday, May 16, at 1:30 p.m. There she met an officer and explained her plight.
She had been renting a TV from a store, she told the officer, naming the store, and the TV had broken. While the TV was being fixed the store provided her with a loaner, she said. This TV, the loaner, was in her apartment when she had gone out “for awhile,” the report stated.
When the woman came home she found she had been evicted. She checked with the landlord who told her everything in her apartment, including the loaner TV, had been thrown out. She now, she explained, could not get the TV back she had been paying for because the loaner was missing. She needed a police report on this matter so she could get her TV back, she concluded.
The officer issued her a report number.