Woman arrested after alleged high-speed chase will face drug charges

A White Hall woman allegedly led law enforcement officers from three jurisdictions on a vehicular pursuit that wound its way through the Pine Bluff area early Tuesday afternoon, ending in a drug arrest.

Sheri Curry, 43 — who had an outstanding felony warrant for her arrest on charges of theft of property, theft by receiving and fraudulent use of a credit card — was seen leaving an apartment complex on Ridgway Road in Pine Bluff by Sgt. John Zuber with the White Hall Police Department, who had the area under surveillance looking for Curry.

Zuber said in his incident report that Curry was a passenger in a silver Pontiac Sunfire that drove onto Ridgway Road, made its way to Interstate 530 in the direction of The Pines mall and turned onto East Harding Avenue, where Zuber pulled over the car.

“I observed the driver’s door come open, a black male exited the vehicle and I could see Sheri Curry sliding over from the passenger side seat into the driver’s seat,” Zuber said in his report. “I walked to the car and as I got near it sped away.”

Zuber said he followed Curry down East Harding Avenue to Ohio Street then to Eighth Avenue before doubling back and returning to Interstate 530 via Harding Avenue.

“The vehicle took the Olive Street exit, traveling north on Olive Street then onto Main Street,” Zuber said. “It was apparent that Sheri Curry was not going to stop and her driving was very erratic, putting all the pursuing officers at risk as well as the general public.”

Zuber said that the pursuit was called off at that point.

Curry was taken into custody Tuesday afternoon after sheriff’s deputies found her at the Regency Inn at 2100 E. Harding Ave., Tri-County Drug Task Force Investigator Randy Jackson said in a probable cause affidavit presented in court Thursday.

When they searched her for officer safety, Jackson said deputies found an off-white, rock-like substance and a glass smoking pipe in her pocket.

According to records at the Prosecutor’s Office, Curry had prior convictions dating back to 1999, including charges of forgery, fraudulent use of a credit or debit card, theft of property and aggravated robbery and is currently on parole.

The intake log at the adult detention center shows that the Department of Community Corrections has placed a hold on Curry for alleged violations of that parole.

In court Thursday, Jefferson County District Judge Kim Bridgforth set a $15,000 cash-only bond for Curry after ruling prosecutors had probable cause to charge her with possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Officers with the WHPD, the Pine Bluff Police Department and the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office were involved in the pursuit.