High-speed chase leads to man’s arrest


Suspected drugs and a gun were found and one man was arrested after a high-speed chase in the Dollarway area Monday that ended in the parking lot of Tyson Foods.

During a court hearing Wednesday, Deputy Prosecutor Nicole Pugh said Javonta Williams, 21, circled through the parking lot of the plant before pulling into a parking space and was taken into custody.

Pine Bluff Police Department Vice and Narcotics Detective Michael Battles said in a probable-cause affidavit that traffic officer Brad Vilches was at the intersection of Hutchinson Street and Jefferson Parkway when he saw a silver Dodge run the stop sign and travel west on Jefferson Parkway.

Vilches reported that in order to catch up with the Dodge, he had to travel at up to 108 mph, and when he caught up, he saw the car turn into the parking lot of Tyson.

Pugh said Vilches asked for assistance from other officers after the car, driven by Williams, drove around the main gate and made a circle through the employee parking lot before stopping.

Battles said in the affidavit that Vilches took Williams to the ground after he resisted, and when he was handcuffed, officers noticed a strong odor of suspected marijuana coming from the vehicle driven by Williams.

During a search of the car, Vilches reported seeing the handle of a handgun on the driver’s side, and Detective Richard McCorvy reported finding a torn brown piece of paper containing suspected crack cocaine that weighed 1.9 grams. Williams also had $211 cash in his pocket.

Pugh said that when Williams was interviewed Tuesday, he allegedly said he refused to stop for police because he knew the crack cocaine was in the vehicle. Regarding the gun, Williams allegedly said he was “holding the strap” until an uncle got off work and had forgotten the gun was in the vehicle.

According to records from the prosecutor’s office, Williams was placed on probation in November 2013 on two counts of committing a terroristic act.

Pine Bluff District Judge John Kearney set a $10,000 cash-only bond for Williams after ruling that prosecutors had probable cause to charge him with possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and simultaneous possession of drugs and firearms. Prosecutors are expected to add felony fleeing when formal charges are filed against Williams.