Police & Fire

Charges filed in high-speed chase through Caddo Valley

A Clark County man is facing prison time after a high-speed chase through Caddo Valley.

Court records released this week allege that Terry Roberts, 45, led Caddo Valley police on a pursuit that began at the city’s northern boundary and continued all the way to the Caddo River bridge.

The Feb. 20 chase, according to an affidavit on file at the Clark County Circuit Clerk’s Office, started at DeGray Liquor and ended at the Caddo Valley Flea Market.

Officer James Brown of the Caddo Valley Police Department found Roberts and two other males at a car parked behind the liquor store, which was closed as it was a Sunday. 

As Brown ran two of the men’s information through dispatch and learned they both had warrants, Brown observed Roberts sitting behind the wheel of the vehicle, which Brown had just learned had fictitious plates.

Around that time Roberts allegedly sped out of the driveway and headed south on Highway 7, reaching speeds that exceeded 100 mph. Roberts veered into the northbound lane at Cracker Barrel to pass several cars, according to the affidavit, then finally stopped in the flea market’s parking lot.

Roberts reportedly ignored Brown’s commands to leave the vehicle, then drove through the Taco Bell parking lot and between America’s Best Value Inn and Economy Inn. That’s where Roberts exited the vehicle, but continued the pursuit on foot.

Arkansas State Police and other law enforcement arrived to aid Brown in the pursuit, ultimately locating Roberts hiding in a water heater closet in the alley between the hotels.

Roberts apparently told arresting officers he fled because he was on parole and had not reported.

He is being charged with felony counts of fleeing, possession of a controlled substance and unauthorized use of property.