A rural Baxter County, Ark., man has been arrested after a chase that ended in Gepp, Ark., after the suspect allegedly broke into an elderly couple’s home and forced them to drive him out of the area.
Dylan O. Lawyer, 25, was arrested at about 9:50 a.m. Tuesday morning at a roadblock in the Fulton/Baxter County area.
Baxter County Sheriff John Montgomery reported the chase began at about 6:30 a.m. Tuesday when Baxter County Sheriff’s Corporal David Estes met a grey Chevrolet pickup truck driven eastbound on U.S. 62, clocked at 91 mph in a 55 mph zone.
A traffic stop was attempted and the truck fled eastbound toward Fulton County at a high rate of speed and driven in a reckless manner. The vehicle drove through Gepp and about 10 minutes into the pursuit, it turned north on Enterprise Road, a dirt road in Fulton County.
Deputies lost sight of the truck in a dust cloud and the pursuit was suspended, Montgomery said. The vehicle was found a few minutes later with a handgun in it, but the driver had fled on foot. A check of the trucks’ registration showed it had been stolen sometime the night before from a location in Baxter County.
Montgomery noted it had been damaged during the theft and subsequent chase. Deputies from Baxter and Fulton counties then conducted a search of the area with a canine tracking team from the North Central Unit of the Arkansas Department of Corrections and the Baxter County Sheriff’s Department helicopter.
A pickup truck eventually stopped at the roadblock and the driver was able to alert deputies that Lawyer was in the back seat of the vehicle and he was arrested. Lawyer allegedly ordered the driver of the vehicle to go through the roadblock without stopping.
Lawyer was also suspected of attempting a break-in at 5:30 a.m. that morning at a home in Baxter County by throwing a rock through a window in an attempt to gain entry, but was run off by the homeowner.
Sheriff Montgomery reported Lawyer was booked in Baxter County Jail on charges of attempt to commit aggravated burglary, aggravated assault, breaking or entering, fleeing, two counts of property theft, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and criminal mischief, plus the penalty enhancement of being a habitual offender.
Montgomery added Lawyer was out on bond on a charge of property theft when arrested, and he expects charges will be added out of Fulton County on the latest incident.