Bond set in alleged assault on sheriff’s investigators

A $25,000 bond was set Friday for a Jefferson County man who allegedly tried to run over a sheriff’s investigator with a vehicle on Wednesday.

Pine Bluff District Judge John Kearney set the bond after ruling that prosecutors had probable cause to charge Cory Stingley, 37, with aggravated assault and felony fleeing.

According to a probable cause affidavit from sheriff’s Lt. Jennifer Carr, Capt. John McNeil and Investigator Randy Jackson were in the 3400 block of U.S. 65 south Wednesday looking for Stingley, who was a suspect in a theft from Evergreen Packaging.

Carr reported that the deputies found Stingley hiding in a white Buick in the yard, and when McNeil walked toward the car, Stingley reportedly started the vehicle and drove at McNeil, forcing him to jump out of the way.

McNeil fired a shot at the tire of the vehicle as it fled from the area, and Jackson and McNeil jumped in their car and chased the car driven by Stingley, according to Carr.

Carr reported that Stingley was driving erratically on the wrong side of the highway, foricng vehicles off the road, and at speeds of up to 90 mph before driving nto a field off Osborn Road where he was arrested.

Stingley refused to make a statement when questioned by investigators, Carr said in the affidavit.

Kearney told Stingley to come back to court March 29.