High-speed chase ends in arrest


A high-speed chase on Interstate 530 Monday night resulted in the arrest of a man who is currently on parole after he blew the engine of the car he was driving.

Charles Creal, 32, was clocked at more than 100 mph when State Police Cpl. Brad Spurlin saw the vehicle Creal was driving and another vehicle speeding near the 22-mile marker just after 10 p.m.

Deputy Prosecutor Maxie Kizer said during a court hearing Tuesday that Spurlin crossed the median and gave chase for about five miles at speeds of up to 115 mph before Creal’s vehicle finally stopped at mile marker 26 when the engine went out.

Spurlin said in a probable-cause affidavit a search of Creal and a female who was in the vehicle with him resulted in finding a small amount of suspected marijuana.

Kizer said Creal has “been in felony trouble since 1998,” is on parole, and has a second-degree battery charge pending in Jefferson County Circuit Court. He said Creal also has two active misdemeanor failure-to-appear warrants, one from Rison, the other from Pine Bluff.

At Kizer’s request, Pine Bluff District Judge John Kearney set a $50,000 bond for Creal after ruling prosecutors had probable cause to charge him with felony fleeing.

Creal said he would hire his own attorney.