Conway police continue to search for two suspects that led officers on more than a two-mile pursuit in west Conway early Monday morning.
Police responded to the McGee Center on College Avenue around 1:13 a.m. to reports of an “armed subject.”
Officers observed a vehicle, identified as a Chevy Impala, driving toward police once on scene. Police say the vehicle, occupied by a black male driver and an unidentified passenger, continued toward officers with the driver’s side window rolled down.
Police attempted to speak with the occupants, but the vehicle immediately accelerated and continued south toward College Avenue.
After failing to adhere to a traffic stop, the vehicle exceeded speeds of 50 mph in the parking lot, according to the police report, before turning right to head west on College Avenue.
Police say the vehicle then failed to stop at a red stoplight at College Avenue and Hogan Lane, and turned right, northbound on Hogan Lane.
The vehicle reached speeds over 70 mph before turning right, eastbound on Prince Street, the police report states.
Officers said the vehicle exceeded 100 mph while on Prince Street.
Police slowed when entering the construction area on Prince Street, and observed the vehicle hit a barrel in one of the center lanes.
Officers say the vehicle then continued eastbound in the westbound lanes before the driver lost control of the car near Little Caesars Pizza, and hit the curb at Morningside Drive. Police say both driver’s side tires were either flat or damaged from the accident.
As officers neared the accident, a black male was seen running from the vehicle. Police created a perimeter in the area, but were unable to find the car’s occupants.
An employee of the Citgo gas station, at the corner of Morningside Drive and Prince Street, reported seeing two black males exit the vehicle and run north. The employee said one of the suspects then turned and ran south.
The employee also told police that surveillance video could be provided to police the next day.
While searching the vehicle, police located two weapons in the vehicle, identified as a .380 Astra A-60 and a Ruger 10-22.
Police found the pistol to be loaded, including a round in the chamber. The rifle was found unloaded, but a loaded magazine was found near the weapon, the police report states.
Officers also found a cell phone and purse in the vehicle, along with blood located on the steering wheel. Police believe the blood came from an altercation at the McGee Center or from the accident, because it appeared to be “wet,” the police report states.
Medicine bottles in the glovebox were prescribed to the vehicle owner’s brother, police said.
Officers believe the brother was the driver of the vehicle, but are not sure of the identity of the other occupant.
All weapons and other items in the vehicle were taken into evidence, and two blood swabs from the steering wheel were sent to the State Crime Lab.
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