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According to Desha County Arkansas Sheriff Mitch Grant on Thursday May 11th at 10 p.m. Desha County Arkansas Sheriff Deputy Bledsoe made a traffic stop on U.S. HWY 65 in Tillar Arkansas on a 2023 Black Suburban.
Upon speaking with the driver, who was identified as 38 year old Darrell Fleming of Bryant Arkansas, he became nervous, and his account of what he was doing became inconsistent.
After believing that Fleming may have contraband in his vehicle, Deputy Bledsoe asked for permission to search the vehicle, to which Fleming refused.
When Deputy Bledsoe advised Fleming that he would be calling for a police K9 team to respond to the traffic stop, Fleming fled the scene in his vehicle.
As Deputy Bledsoe gave chase, Fleming turned on to HWY 278 through Tillar. Fleming reached speeds of nearly 100 mph, and at one point ran a pickup truck off the roadway as he fled on HWY 277, to HWY 278.
Once at HWY 278, Fleming turned east, back toward McGehee. As the pursuit reached Dollar Hill, Sheriff Mitch Grant and Corporal Chris Hawkins joined the pursuit.
The three units were able to perform a rolling roadblock on Fleming’s vehicle and bring it to a stop. Fleming was then taken into custody without further incident. While on the scene, a resident in Tillar called 911 and advised that the vehicle that Deputy was chasing through Tillar, had someone inside it that three large clear bag out of the window that landed in their yard.
Cpl. Hawkins went to the location and discovered the bag to be a large vacuum sealed bag of Marijuana. After clearing the scene, Deputy Bledsoe slowly back tracked the path of the pursuit, and located another large vacuum sealed bag containing Marijuana, near Tillar on HWY 277. Together, the bags weighed 2.3 pounds.
Fleming was transported to the McGehee City Jail and booked for Possession of a Controlled substance with purpose to deliver, and felony fleeing.