Man on parole arrested after gun found beside his car

A Pine Bluff man currently on parole was arrested Sunday after he allegedly ran from police who tried to stop the car he was driving on South Olive Street.

Police said they found a nine-millimeter handgun beside the driver’s side door when Darius Culclager, 25, jumped out of the vehicle and tried to flee on foot after driving into an apartment complex on South Fir Street.

Detective Jery Lambert said in a probable cause affidavit that police saw the car driven by Culclager near 39th Avenue and Olive Street and said the vehicle was “all over the road.”

According to the affidavit, when police turned on their blue lights, Culclager refused to stop, running several stop signs and narrowly missing several vehicles before driving to the parking lot of the Arbor at West 31st Avenue and Fir Street and trying to run.

Lambert said in the affidavit Culclager jumped a fence into the Regency Arms Apartments before surrendering.

Records at the prosecutor’s office showed Culclager was previously convicted of residential burglary, aggravated residential burglary, aggravated robbery and two counts of theft of property.

Although Pine Bluff District Judge John Kearney set a $25,000 bond for Culclager after ruling prosecutors had probable cause to charge him with being a felon in possession of a firearm, he will not be able to post it because a hold has been placed on him by the parole board.