Investigation of hit and run accident leads to gun arrest


Pine Bluff police investigating a reported hit-and-run accident Sunday morning arrested the driver of one of the vehicles, a convicted felon, after finding a gun in his vehicle.

Tyson Johnson, 41, was in one of the vehicles that was involved in the accident at 11:29 a.m. at Barraque and Blake streets, Detective Jerry Lambert reported in a probable cause affidavit.

Both vehicles left the scene and officers later located the vehicle driven by Johnson at Blake and Burnett streets, and he reportedly said when questioned by officers that he had left the scene of the accident.

During a pat down search, police found bullets in Johnson’s pocket and during a search of the vehicle prior to it being towed by a wrecker, a handgun was found behind the driver’s seat, Lambert said in the affidavit.

Jefferson County District Judge Kim Bridgforth set a $25,000 bond for Johnson after ruling prosecutors had probable cause to charge him with being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Johnson was also cited for leaving the scene of an accident, fictitious tags, no proof of insurance and driving on a suspended driver’s license, all misdemeanors.

Bridgforth told Johnson to come back to court Feb. 11.