Cash-only bond set in alleged assault on trooper

A $25,000 cash-only bond was set Tuesday for a Pine Bluff man who allegedly rammed a state police car after a chase Saturday afternoon.

Jefferson County District Judge Kim Bridgforth set the bond after ruling that prosecutors had probable cause to charge Kevin Allen, 42, with felony fleeing, aggravated assault, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Allen is on parole and has been convicted of multiple prior felony offenses dating back to 1995, according to records from the prosecutor’s office.

Arkansas State Police Special Agent Oscar Bullard said in a probable-cause affidavit that he was called to assist Cpl. Mike Phillips, who had been involved in a pursuit with a black Ford Explorer driven by Allen that started at 12:35 p.m. Saturday.

Phillips reported that he was northbound on U.S. 65B when he saw the Ford traveling south at a speed of 66 mph in a 45 mph zone.

According to the affidavit, Phillips crossed the concrete median and saw the Ford turn right at the Willow Street exit, then right on West Second Avenue. Phillips activated his lights and siren but the driver of the Ford refused to stop.

After the Ford ran a stop sign at Pitts and Pullen Street, Bullard said, the driver lost control and the vehicle overturned several times before landing back on its wheels and heading directly toward the police car Phillips was driving.

Because of a deep ditch, Phillips could not move his car and stopped, then was struck in the front by the Ford.

Phillips exited his vehicle and placed Allen under arrest, and other troopers and Pine Bluff city officers arrived to assist.

One of those troopers, Ryan Fenton, reported finding a red=and-white cigarette pack that was stuffed with tissue, and according to the affidavit, when the tissue was removed, the troopers found a glass smoking pipe and a piece of drinking straw commonly used to ingest methamphetamine, as well as five small plastic bags.

Bullard said in the affidavit that one of the bags contain suspected methamphetamine, and the other bag contained a white powder substance.