High speed chase Wednesday ends in arrest

An attempt by Pine Bluff police to locate a man wanted by federal authorities Wednesday night resulted in a high speed chase through the Dollarway area before the man surrendered.

Michael Holbert, 31, was wanted by the U.S. Marshal’s Service, Deputy Prosecutor Nicole Pugh said during a court hearing Thursday morning for Holbert.

Vice and Narcotics Detective Richard McCorvy reported that he and another detective were at Malcolm and Bryant streets when they saw Holbert driving a vehicle that had turned onto Bryant.

Pugh said police tried to stop the car and it accelerated, traveling at speeds of 50 to 60 miles per hour through residential neighborhoods, then to Dollarway Road, and back to South Richard Street when police surrounded the vehicle and forced it to stop.

Holbert was ordered out of the car at gunpoint and taken into custody, Pugh said.

McCorvy reported that officers found a glass smoking pipe that had been burned on one end and had residue which field tested positive for methamphetamine on the other end.

Pugh said in addition to the federal arrest warrant, Holbert was also being sought on a failure to appear warrant from district court.

Jefferson County District Judge Kim Bridgforth set a $50,000 bond for Holbert after ruling prosecutors had probable cause to charge him with felony fleeing and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Holbert refused Bridgforth’s offer of the Public Defender and said he would represent himself.