Bond set for man who allegedly fled from deputies

A $25,000 bond was set Friday for a man who allegedly fled from a sheriff’s deputy Tuesday, running stop signs and passing other vehicles on the wrong side of the highway.

Pine Bluff District Judge John Kearney set the bond after ruling prosecutors had probable cause to charge James Lewis, 46, with felony fleeing.

Lewis was escorted out of the courtroom after he was heard cursing when Kearney announced the bond amount.

Deputy Prosecutor Jill Reed said Sheriff’s Cpl. Dot Rowland had gone to the Comfort Inn at 2809 Pines Mall Drive to serve a court document to Lewis and when she pulled onto the parking lot, saw a vehicle she believed was driven by Lewis that sped off and ran a stop light.

Sheriff’s Sgt. Mickey Buffkin said in a probable cause affidavit that Lewis stopped on East Harding Avenue in front of Red Lobster, got out of his vehicle, then got back in and drove away.

According to the affidavit, Lewis passed several vehicles on the wrong side of the road and crossed the double yellow lines when he passed Belair School at speeds of up to 80 mph.

Reed said Rowland terminated the pursuit because of the potential danger to other drivers, and Lewis was located and arrested the following day.

She said Lewis has an extensive criminal history and four cases that were originally filed in circuit court that were taken over by federal authorities.

The Public Defender’s Office was appointed to represent Lewis.