Bond set in alleged assault on police officers

A Pine Bluff man accused of trying to run over two police officers with a vehicle Saturday will have to post a $50,000 cash-only bond to be released from the county detention center after a court hearing Monday.

Marquis Deshazier, 21, is also accused of leaving the scene of the incident and fleeing at high speed before getting out of the car he was driving and running on foot until he was caught.

Deputy Prosecutor Maxie Kizer said the incident began when a female drove to the ramp of the central police station at high speed at 3:15 p.m. Saturday, and told an officer there, Maurice Hopkins, that Deshazier “had a gun and was going to beat her up.”

The woman and a male passenger in the front seat both got out of the vehicle while a male later identified as Deshazier was in the back seat.

Detective Kevin Patterson reported that Hopkins and Detective Jerry Lambert, who was on the ramp, ordered Deshazier out of the vehicle and he began cursing at them, then jumped from the passenger seat to the driver’s seat and started to drive away.

Kizer said the officers ordered Deshazier to stop and he put the vehicle in reverse, driving toward Lambert and Hopkins, who fired several shots at the vehicle’s tires before Deshazier drove away at high speed.

Patterson reported that officers then chased the vehicle to the area of 21st Avenue and Georgia Street where Deshazier jumped out and was caught after a short chase.

Kizer said during the court hearing that Arkansas Crime Information Center records indicated Deshazier was on felony probation but the prosecutor’s office here had no record of that.

Pine Bluff District Judge John Kearney ruled that prosecutors had probable cause to charge Deshazier with three counts of aggravated assault and one count of felony fleeing and told him to come back to court April 22.

Kearney also ordered Deshazier to have no contact with the alleged female victim until the case is settled.

Deshazier said he would hire his own attorney.