Police & Fire

APD uses spikes to stop fleeing motorist

By Joel Phelps
The Arkadelphian

An Arkadelphia woman is in custody after leading two police agencies on a zigzag course across town in a pursuit.

According to a report filed at the Arkadelphia Police Department, 20-year-old Katerina Alese Trigg attempted early Thursday morning to evade a Ouachita Baptist University security officer who was attempting to pull her over at Elrod Boulevard.

At 3:14 a.m., the officer notified APD that the vehicle, a red Mazda, turned north onto 10th Street still refusing to stop. Trigg, whose residence is at 59 Trigg Lane, then turned west onto Country Club Road. 

The security officer followed Trigg south on 15th Street, north on Millcreek Drive and west on Country  Club, according to the report. As the chase passed by Country Club’s intersection with 26th Street, APD Sgt. Dean Palmer also began pursuit.

The report states Trigg turned south onto W.P. Malone Drive, then onto Badger Lane before circling the Goza Middle School parking lot and back onto W.P. Malone, where she traveled north to Country Club again. The pursuit continued on 26th Street to its intersection with Pine Street, where APD officers Kenny Taylor and Sean Weston awaited.

Taylor and Weston, the report states, deployed spike strips across the roadway as Trigg passed by, flattening all four tires on her vehicle. During the use of the spike strips, Taylor reportedly stumbled and fell onto concrete, injuring his right knee and elbow.

The pursuit finally ended in the Hamburger Barn parking lot, where Trigg reportedly refused to open the doors. Taylor broke the rear passenger-side window to gain access to the vehicle.

Trigg was then taken into custody without further incident and transported to the Clark County Detention Center, where she was held on misdemeanor charges of fleeing.