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Central Arkansas man charged for fleeing from trooper on I-30

PRESCOTT — Felony charges were filed this week in Nevada County against a man who evaded authorities on foot following a high-speed chase and subsequent crash on Interstate 30.

Jarret Edward Franklin, 30, of Maumelle or North Little Rock, is being charged with fleeing after an Aug. 19 traffic stop in Nevada County.

According to a probable cause affidavit, Franklin was pulled over at the 43 eastbound mile-marker for driving 95 mph, 20 mph over the speed limit. Trooper Antonio May of the Arkansas State Police conducted the traffic stop and learned that Franklin and a female passenger had spent the day in Plano, Texas, and were headed back to Central Arkansas to return the rental car Franklin was driving. The female passenger was asked to step out of the vehicle; she complied and spoke with the trooper by his patrol car.

May then walked back to the rental car to speak with Franklin and asked if he was in possession of any contraband. Franklin said he didn’t, then denied May consent to search the vehicle. May noted in the affidavit that he gave Franklin about nine verbal commands to exit the vehicle before Franklin sped off, apparently leaving the passenger at the scene while May began a pursuit with speeds up to 120 mph.

The pursuit ended at the Exit 46 ramp, where Franklin lost control of the vehicle and struck a tree. Once May arrived on scene, Franklin reportedly abandoned the vehicle and fled on foot. Prescott and Nevada County law enforcement assisted May in a search for Franklin but were unsuccessful in locating him.