High-speed chase ends in arrest

A high-speed chase Friday morning on Interstate 530 led to the arrest of a man who allegedly hit a stopped vehicle in a construction zone.

Jeffery Lane, 19, of Little Rock was cited for felony fleeing as well as multiple misdemeanor charges, Deputy Prosecutor Bryan Achorn said during a court hearing Tuesday for Lane.

State Police Special Agent Jerome Sanders said in a probable cause affidavit that he was northbound on the interstate at the 27 mile marker at about 6:56 a.m. when he saw a light brown SUV drifting across the roadway and then off the roadway. Sanders said when the vehicle returned to the roadway, it kicked up a cloud of dust.

According to the affidavit, Sanders turned on the blue lights on the unmarked vehicle he was driving and the SUV sped up, swerving from lane to lane and almost running about six vehicles off the roadway at speeds of about 103 mph.

Achorn said the vehicle continued traveling north until it reached a construction zone and struck another vehicle at the 23 mile marker, then pushed that vehicle over to the right and continued northbound.

Sanders reported that the SUV finally pulled over at Exit 20 and the driver, later identified as Lane, “stumbled out of the vehicle.” When Sanders asked Lane how much he had had to drink, Lane allegedly said “five or six beers and a mixed drink,” and told Sanders he had “been drinking all night with friends at PJ’s.”

Trooper Ryan Felton, who assisted the driver of the vehicle Lane allegedly hit until an ambulance arrived, then went to where Sanders was and finished the DWI testing before taking Lane to the adult detention center.

Jefferson County District Judge Kim Bridgforth set a $75,000 bond for Lane on the felony fleeing allegation. He was to be seen later on the misdemeanor allegations of DWI, reckless driving, no proof of insurance and no seat belt.