Vehicle chase ends in arrest, recovery of stolen vehicle

An attempt by police to stop a vehicle for running a stop sign early Sunday morning led to a high speed chase and foot pursuit before the driver was taken into custody.

Detective Brad Vilches reported that the vehicle, a maroon SUV, was displaying a license plate that did not match and a check of the vehicle’s identification number indicated that the vehicle had been reported stolen in Texas.

During a court hearing Monday, Deputy Prosecutor Maxie Kizer said the driver of the vehicle, Raymond Nelson, 47, had a prior criminal history.***

Vilches reported that an officer in the area of 13th Avenue and Hazel Street saw the SUV run a stop sign and when the officer tried to stop the vehicle, the driver, later identified as Nelson, fled at speeds of up to 65 miles per hour before hitting a curb at 18th Avenue and Cypress Street.

Nelson reportedly ran from the vehicle and the officer was initially unable to catch him because the SUV was still running.

Kizer said the officer broadcast a description of Nelson and other officers in the area located him in the 1700 block of West Circle Drive.

Vilches reported that when the vehicle was searched, police found identification cards, a check and other items all with Nelson’s name on them.

The vehicle had been reported stolen in Mansfield, Texas.

Because of the criminal record,*** Pine Bluff District Judge John Kearney set a $100,000 bond for Nelson after ruling prosecutors had probable cause to charge him with theft by receiving and felony fleeing.

Kearney appointed the Public Defender’s Office to appoint Nelson and told him to come back to court Nov. 26.


***This article has been updated from its original version to reflect a later clarification. To view the clarification notice, click here.