High-speed chase ends in arrest

A $5,000 bond was set Monday afternoon for a Pine Bluff man who allegedly fled from a drug task force investigator Saturday night, with the investigator chasing the car the man was driving for about eight minutes before the driver finally stopped.

Jefferson County District Judge Kim Bridgforth set the bond after ruling that prosecutors had probable cause to charge Derrick McAfee, 19, with felony fleeing.

Tri-County Drug Task Force Investigator Chris Drye reported that he was at East 38th Avenue and Main Street at 8:51 p.m., when he attempted to stop a black Pontiac Grand Am driven by McAfee.

Drye reported that McAfee refused to stop and in the process of fleeing, McAfee reportedly almost hit three parked vehicles amd two vehicles with occupants in them, ran numerous stop signs, drove on the wrong side of the roadway and traveled at a high rate of speed.

After the car was stopped, investigators found a plastic bag containing marijuana, Drye said.

In addition to felony fleeing, McAfee also was charged with misdemeanor possession of a controlled substance and multiple traffic offenses as a result of the chase.

Two people who were in the car with McAfee were released without charges, and the vehicle was released to the parents of one of the other occupants.

Records at the prosecutor’s office indicated that McAfee is currently out on bond after being arrested on charges of aggravated robbery in February. Formal charges in that case have not been filed as yet.