A Tuesday morning police pursuit through Searcy led to the arrest of a Searcy 21-year-old.
According to Searcy Police Department Lt. Todd Wells, Tristan Betts has been charged with felony fleeing. He was taken to the White County Detention Center, but was no longer in the jail Wednesday.
Betts reportedly did not want to pull over for a traffic stop regarding an expired license tag. Wells said Searcy police initiated the stop on a 1999 red Ford F-150 driven by Betts at about 10:29 a.m. around West Center Street but “he never actually stopped, he just took off right away.”
Wells said the pursuit ended at New Horizons International Ministries on Eastline Road when Betts realized he wasn’t going to get away, He said Betts pulled into the parking area and was taken into custody.
Wells said there were four to five police vehicles involved in the pursuit at any given time, as the department tries to gets as many as they can involved when dangerous pursuits are underway.
Pursuits aren’t real common but they do happen occasionally, Wells said. “It happens more than you think, but it is not extremely common.
The pursuit of Betts ended at approximately 10:40 a.m. Wells said it went through a couple of high traffic areas, down South Main Street and around Beebe-Capps Expressway, and on the outskirts of city to streets like Booth Road and Pioneer Road. Betts temporarily drove onto U.S. Highway 67/167, but got back off at Exit 46 before finally ending up at the church.
Wells said Betts was expected to have a bond hearing Wednesday morning.