PB man accused of fleeing traffic stop

A deputy with the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Pine Bluff man Friday afternoon after being led on a high-speed chase in heavy traffic.

Detective Mickey Buffkin wrote in a probable-cause affidavit that the arresting deputy said that Brian Payne, 31, disregarded a stop sign in his presence and then fled in the vehicle after the deputy attempted to perform a traffic stop. Buffkin wrote that Payne was observed by the deputy driving at an excessive rate of speed on West 28th Avenue and weaved his car in and out of traffic, almost causing several accidents.

According to Buffkin, Payne was arrested after he had to slow down in response to heavy traffic.

Pine Bluff District Judge John Kearney set a $2,500 unsecured bond for Payne after ruling that prosecutors had probable cause to charge him with felony fleeing.

The Public Defender’s Office was appointed to represent Payne, who was told to return to court Aug. 12.