Missouri woman charged in I-30 pursuit

By The Arkadelphian

Tanisha Davis

Felony charges have been filed in Clark County against a Missouri woman accused of leading Arkansas State Police on a high-speed pursuit through two counties.

According to court documents filed this week in the Clark County Circuit Clerk’s Office, 20-year-old Tanisha Davis, of Florissant, Mo., led a state trooper on a pursuit that began in Nevada County and ended near the Clark County Fairgrounds.

At 2:25 a.m. on May 9 Trooper Jake Price fruitlessly attempted a traffic stop at the 41 eastbound mile-marker of Interstate 30, in Nevada County, after observing a silver Hyundai Genesis had non-working license plate lamps and unsecured temporary tags. During the Nevada County section of the pursuit, the suspect vehicle “nearly” struck a deputy’s vehicle and did strike an 18-wheeler, according to an affidavit.

The pursuit continued into Clark County, where Davis exited I-30 onto state Highway 53 toward Gurdon. Between the interstate and Highway 67, Davis allegedly “drove around curves on the complete opposite side of the road.” The chase continued for another three miles before the suspect vehicle came to a stop long enough for a rear passenger to step out and surrender to police. The driver “took off” in the vehicle, leaving the trooper to place the passenger in custody.

State police notified the Arkadelphia Police Department of the pursuit. At 3:05 a.m. APD Cpl. Adam Taylor saw a northbound vehicle matching the given description and followed behind it on Highway 67 at speeds upward to 70 mph in a 55 mph zone. Taylor was successful in conducting a traffic stop near Arkadelphia’s city limits. Davis and a front-seat passenger were arrested.

Davis also faces misdemeanor charges of endangering the welfare of a minor, as there was an infant child in a car seat that was “improperly secured.” According to an incident report on file at APD, officers found marijuana edibles, mushrooms and alcohol in Davis’ vehicle.

Following a first appearance in court, Davis was released on a $25,000 bond. She is set to be arraigned on June 7.

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