Parolee accused of having stolen gun

A Pine Bluff police officer working radar on West 27th Avenue clocked a vehicle exceeding the speed limit Monday afternoon and arrested the driver of the vehicle after a gun allegedly was found.

Lamarcus Benton, 28, is currently on parole and has drug charges pending in Jefferson County Circuit Court, Deputy Prosecutor Maxie Kizer said during a court hearing for Benton Wednesday.

Detective Mike Sweeney said in a probable-cause affidavit the gun, a .45-caliber Glock, had been reported stolen in June in Forrest City.

Traffic Officer Brett Talley clocked Benton’s vehicle traveling 47 mph in a 35 mphr zone and when he tried to stop the vehicle, it continued for eight or nine blocks before pulling into an apartment complex in the 1900 block of West 29th Avenue, Kizer said.

Kizer said Benton had previous convictions in 2006, 1007 and 2008 in Jefferson County Circuit Court, as well as the pending charges.

According to the intake log at the adult detention center, Benton was also listed as a “parole absconder” by the Arkansas Department of Corrections.

Jefferson County District Judge Kim Bridgforth set a $75,000 bond for Benton after ruling that prosecutors had probable cause to charge him with being a felon in possession of a firearm and with theft by receiving.

Benton said he would hire his own attorney.

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