Charges filed in police chase

A “no bond” warrant has been issued by District Judge Chaney Taylor for the arrest of Christopher Chandler charging him with felony fleeing, aggravated assault and criminal mischief.

Chandler was originally charged with misdemeanor shoplifting until he fled from police Tuesday afternoon, leading them on a high-speed chase through Batesville that resulted in two crashes and his arrest.

Independence County Sheriff Steve Jeffery said deputies responded to the Batesville Walmart store where Chandler, 32, was being detained for shoplifting by store personnel, but fled the scene before officers arrived.

Jeffery said it was learned Chandler was a wanted felon and a search was launched by deputies, assisted by Arkansas State Police Trooper David Jones. When spotted by police Chandler fled, leading them on a high-speed chase and at one point intentionally ramming his vehicle into Jones’ police car; neither driver was injured.

“The pursuit ended on Stadium Drive when Mr. Chandler was involved in a one-vehicle accident, striking a guard rail,” Jeffery said. “When he exited the vehicle Mr. Chandler did physically resist and had to be placed into custody by force.”

The no-bond warrant was issued partly because Chandler has a previous warrant for being an absconder, Jeffery said.

—from submitted reports