A 31-year old North Carolina resident was arrested in Arkansas last month after leading police on a scary high-speed on Interstate 40 chase in a black colored eighth-generation Chevy Impala.
The pursuit, which was captured on an officer’s dashcam, started when Arkansas State troopers pulled over 31-year old Brian Starnes on suspicion of driving with a suspended license. When an officer attempted to approach Starnes’ car from the passenger side, he accelerated down the highway at a high rate of speed, prompting two officers in separate patrol cars to give pursuit.
One of the officers eventually caught up with Starnes’ car and attempted a daring pit maneuver at over 100 mph, sending the Impala into a spin before it stopped facing the opposite direction of the flow of traffic. The Chevy Impala driver then begins speeding down the Interstate in the opposite direction, creating a tense situation for officers as they attempted to stop the vehicle before innocent bystanders were hurt.
The same officer was eventually able to get in front of Starnes’ car using a service lane and lined his cruiser up head-on with the Chevy Impala. As the suspect approached, the officer purposefully slams his cruiser into Starnes’ car head-on, immobilizing it and allowing them to move in and make the arrest. Paramedics were dispatched to the scene to administer aid to the officers and the suspect, although no injuries were reported.
Starnes was arrested and booked on multiple charges, including felony assault on a police officer and fleeing. He is being held at the Franklin County detention center on a $100,000 bond.
If it weren’t for the actions of one brave police officer, this situation could have ended up much worse. Check out the video below to see how this scary high-speed pursuit played out in real-time.