Police arrest suspect after chase


A traffic stop by police on a car that was allegedly speeding Monday resulted in the driver’s arrest on felony allegations.

April Roberts, 25, allegedly fled from police after she was stopped at West 15th Avenue and Cherry Street, and almost ran over one of the police officers who had stopped her, Deputy Prosecutor Jill Reed said during a court hearing for Roberts on Wednesday.

Detective Steve Rucker of the Pine Bluff Police Department said in a probable-cause affidavit that Officer Chris Kendrick stopped a maroon Dodge Durango driven by Roberts and a warrants check indicated there was an active failure-to-appear warrant for Roberts.

Reed said Roberts refused instructions from Kendrick to get out of her vehicle and after Officer Ryan Edwards arrived to assist, Roberts turned off the vehicle but still refused to get out.

Rucker said in the affidavit that Edwards reached inside the vehicle and grabbed Roberts’ arm, at which time she started the vehicle and drove away, dragging Edwards for a short distance and almost hitting him with her vehicle.

Reed said officers chased Roberts at speeds of up to 85 mph before breaking off the pursuit for safety reasons.

About 30 minutes later, police went to Roberts’ address on Hunters Cove where they were let in by Roberts’ mother and Roberts was arrested without incident. The vehicle was found in a garage.

Edwards was taken to Jefferson Regional Medical Center where he was treated and released.

Jefferson County District Judge Kim Bridgforth set a $10,000 bond for Roberts after ruling that prosecutors had probable cause to charge her with felony fleeing and aggravated assault on a police officer.

Roberts said she would try to hire her own attorney.