Driver accused of trying to hit police officers


A search for the driver of a vehicle that refused to stop at a police checkpoint Monday night resulted in the arrest of a man who reportedly claimed he was “scared because his driver’s license was suspended and the car had a smell of marijuana in it.”

Diamas Williams, 22, allegedly almost hit three police officers who were at the checkpoint, with one of them reporting that another officer had “pulled her out of the way” when the car approached.

Detective Jeremy Oswalt reported that officers were at 17th Avenue and Catalpa Street when the vehicle driven by Williams drove at Sgt. David Vilches, Officer Jason Boykin and Officer Jamina Smith at a high rate of speed, forcing the officers to jump out of the way.

Smith reported that Boykin grabbed her and pulled her out of the path of the vehicle, which fled north to Edmar Street where it hit a sign and a mailbox before the driver fled on foot.

Oswalt reported that officers found three Walmart identification cards in the vehicle, including that of Williams, and his Arkansas driver’s license.

Williams was located the following day and reportedly admitted driving the vehicle and fleeing from the scene.

Pine Bluff District Judge John Kearney set a $25,000 bond for Williams after ruling prosecutors had probable cause to charge him with three counts of aggravated assault on law enforcement officers.

Williams was told to come back to court Dec. 5.