All the children caught up in the June 16 chase and accident, which turned a misdemeanor offense into five felonies, have been released from the hospital, a Cabot Police Department press release reported. In the meantime, information concerning the incident has been forwarded to the prosecuting attorney for action, public information officer Sgt. Keith E. Graham said in a release.
Christopher Carver, 28, is being held in Lonoke County Detention Center in lieu of a $100,000 bond; the bond was set at a June 17 hearing in Lonoke County Circuit Court. Carver is facing two counts of kidnapping (felony); two counts of first-degree endangering the welfare of minor (felony); fleeing (felony), and shoplifting (misdemeanor).
The incident began about 7:30 p.m., June 16, when Cabot Police Department officers responded to a report of a suspected shoplifter fleeing from Wal-Mart, 304 South Rockwood.
Information was that the subject had entered a nearby restaurant but then had fled to the Wal-Mart parking lot and gotten into a vehicle; officers saw a vehicle matching the description leaving the area.
Officers attempted to stop the vehicle but it entered U.S. Highway 67/167, southbound toward exit 16.
The vehicle entered the exit 16 ramp at a high rate of speed, lost control and flipped, coming to rest in a roadside ditch.
Officers took the driver, identified as Carver, into custody, and helped four children out of the vehicle and administered first aid until MEMS arrived. The children were taken to Arkansas Children’s Hospital at Little Rock; Carver was taken to North Metro Regional Medical Center at Jacksonville.
Carver was treated for minor injuries and released.
After booking at Cabot Police Department, Carver was taken to Lonoke County Detention Center; his first appearance in Circuit Court was June 17 when a bond of $100,000 was set.
In other police reports:
Shoplifting - Janet Bates, 43, of Vilonia, was arrested June 22 on the offense of shoplifting. A witness reported seeing Bates conceal merchandise in her clothing. The report by officer Cody Martin listed three yard flags, valued at $9.97 each; five T-shirts, valued at $14.95 each; two tanks, valued at $14.97 each; and a jersey valued at $19.96 as the items found in Bates’ possession.
Public intoxication - Christopher David Butler, 37, Jacksonville, was arrested about 3 a.m. June 22 on the offense of public intoxication/drinking in public. The arrest was made following a report of a possibly intoxicated driver traveling south on Arkansas Highway 5. Contact with Butler was made in a parking lot, where Butler declined to take field sobriety test. In the report, officer Matthew Mulligan stated Butler carried a “strong odor of intoxicating beverages,” his speech was slurred, eyes bloodshot and watery, and that he was unable to stand steadily without leaning against his vehicle.
Drug paraphernalia - Stacy Arnold, 35, Jonesboro, possession of drug paraphernalia (misdemeanor); At about 12:30 p.m., June 21, Cabot police officers responded to the report of a disturbance in a parking lot off Bill Foster Highway. In the process of the response, it was found that Jacksonville Police Department had issued a warrant for Arnold, who was taken into custody. In the process of the arrest, Arnold was found in possession of three pipes with a burned residue that smelled of marijuana, four empty syringes, and a pair of hemostats.
Criminal trespass - John Ouston Noack, 21, North Little Rock, arrested for public intoxication, and criminal trespass. At about 3:50 a.m., June 21, Cabot Police officers responded to a complaint of trespassing at a Highland Boulevard residence. The complainant reported finding an unknown person on his couch. The person was ordered out of the residence and the police were called. Officers found a pair of shoes in lying nearby in a driveway; the officers found Noack at another residence, administered a breath test. The result of the test was .26.
Attempted scam: On June 20, Lt. John Dodd took a report of an apparent scam attempt. The individual reported a suspicious phone call from a person identifying himself as “Michael Watson” from Albridge Solutions, who said a $14,566 grant had been awarded, but in order to receive the money a $200 “activation voucher” had to be purchased. The complainant provided a phone number “Michael” called from.