(Mountain Home) – One man is in custody and another man is still believed to be at large in the community following a vehicle pursuit that ended in a crash early Wednesday morning in the area of East U. S. Highway 62 B and Pioneer Trail Drive in Mountain Home.
The Baxter County Sheriff’s Office reports that they received notification at 12:34 AM that an officer with the Highland Police Department in Sharp County was pursuing a vehicle that was about to enter Baxter County from the east. Baxter County Deputies and Mountain Home Police Officers deployed to the area to offer assistance, but responding officers believed that the pursuit may have been discontinued somewhere in Fulton County. However, several minutes later, at 12:42 AM, both the suspect vehicle and the Highland Police Department vehicle, with the officer still in pursuit, had entered Mountain Home and crashed near the intersection of Highway 62 B and Pioneer Trail Drive.
Neither the occupants of the suspect vehicle nor the Highland police officer sustained known injuries. The suspects reportedly fled on foot from their wrecked vehicle. The report from the sheriff’s office states that approximately 10.3 grams of methamphetamine and some marijuana were found in the vehicle.
Baxter County Deputies, Mountain Home Police, and the Arkansas State Police began setting up a perimeter, with help from the Baxter County helicopter and tracking dogs from the Department of Corrections in Calico Rock.
Around 3:47 AM, authorities were able to take one suspect, 36-year-old Billy Furlow Jr. of Blytheville, AR into custody inside the nearby Walmart Supercenter. He was incarcerated on Charges of Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Xanax without a Prescription, and Fleeing from Police. He also has holds for Parole Violation from Austin, Texas and for Probation Violation from Dallas County, Texas. He is being held without bond.
Authorities are still looking for 39-year-old Africa Wells of Jonesboro, AR. He is described as a black male, approximately 5′ 10″ in height, approximately 150 pounds in weight, with short hair. He was last seen wearing dark clothing. Authorities have information to suggest that Wells may be armed with a handgun, and should be considered dangerous.