Wanted man arrested after chase


A Jefferson County man who was being sought on an active warrant from the Arkansas Department of Correction fled from sheriff’s deputies Monday, resulting in a chase and eventual capture after a taser was used to subdue the man.

Sheriff’s Deputy Dot Rowland saw Joel Davis, 50, at the Pizza Hut on South Blake Street at about 1:55 p.m., and contacted investigators Randy Jackson, Sgt. Mickey Buffkin and Lt. Jennifer Carr, who saw the truck driven by Davis at the intersection of Sixth Avenue and Blake Street, Jackson said in a probable-cause affidavit.

Deputy Prosecutor Maxie Kizer said during a court hearing for Davis on Wednesday that Davis fled from the deputies, resulting in “a wild chase,” and said Davis was “running cars off the road and running stop signs.”

Jackson said in the affidavit that Davis jumped out of his truck at 16th Avenue and Cypress Street and ran through a field before Jackson fired a taser at Davis and brought him to the ground where he could be handcuffed.

Kizer said that in addition to the absconder warrant, Davis had “an extensive Arkansas Crime Information Center” history.

Jefferson County District Judge Kim Bridgforth set a $25,000 bond for Davis after ruling that prosecutors had probable cause to charge him with felony fleeing.

Even though a bond was set for Davis, he will not be allowed to post it because of the warrant from the department of correction, which will conduct a hearing to determine if Davis has violated conditions of his parole.

The Public Defender’s Office was appointed to represent Davis on the fleeing allegation and he was told to come back to court June 26.