A pursuit of a suspect began in Faulkner County on Saturday, September 12, after the Conway Police Department attempted to perform a traffic stop on a black Ford Mustang. Conway Police officers initiated the traffic stop after the car had been reported stolen.
After making attempts to perform the stop, the suspect initiated a pursuit with Conway Police officers. The pursuit was later terminated after officers lost sight of the vehicle.
Following the Conway pursuit, Arkansas State Police troopers observed the vehicle and after pursuing the stolen car for a short period of time, the suspect was again able to evade law enforcement.
A BOLO (be on the lookout) advisory was then issued to surrounding law enforcement agencies and information regarding the theft and the pursuits was shared. A description of the suspect was also shared in the BOLO. The suspect was described to be a white male wearing a black shirt and a red bandana.
On Saturday afternoon, an officer with the Morrilton Police Department observed a vehicle matching the description of the stolen car and after making an attempt to stop the vehicle, he advised dispatch he was in pursuit. The pursuit continued in Conway County and officers attempted to stop the vehicle by disabling it. Although various efforts were made to stop or disable the car, the suspect continued to flee and was able to evade officers again.
Once the pursuit was terminated, officers advised that the last time the vehicle was seen, it was traveling west towards Pope County.
After entering Pope County, Arkansas State Police troopers observed the stolen black Mustang and after attempting to stop the car, the suspect refused to comply. After fleeing troopers at a high rate of speed, ASP initiated a pursuit. The Arkansas State Police were joined by the Highway Police and Pope County Sheriff’s Office who assisted in pursuing the vehicle.
Just after 6 p.m. Saturday, the suspect continued to flee officers at speeds reported to be around 120 mph near Moreland. The pursuit continued and the suspect turned onto State Highway 326 where he continued to flee, traveling at a high rate of speed.
While pursuing the vehicle on Highway 326, the Arkansas State Police initiated a legal intervention in order to stop the stolen car. As the pursuit approached Lower Pine Hill Road, a female ASP trooper assigned to J Troop performed a success “pit maneuver” on the car, causing the vehicle to spin and leave the roadway. Once the suspect lost control, the vehicle entered a ditch on the north side of Highway 326 just west of Lower Pine Hill Road, where it came to rest. Once the intervention was successfully performed, the car was disabled and surrounded by officers.
Just before 6:30 p.m. Saturday evening, the pursuit that continued across Faulkner, Conway and Pope counties was terminated.
The suspect identified as 40-year-old Jerry Thomas Reiner, was taken into custody and transported from the scene to the Pope County Detention Center.
Reiner was booked into the jail and a felony hold was placed on him for Driving on a Suspended or Revoked License, Speeding more than 15 mph Over the Limit, Driving Left of Center, Reckless Driving, Physical Theft by Receiving, Felony Fleeing in a Vehicle or Conveyance and Open Container.
Reiner is being held at the detention center awaiting his appearance in a felony bond hearing that will be held on Monday, September 14th where probable cause will be determined by a judge and a bond will be set. Reiner may also face additional charges out of Faulkner and Conway counties as well.
After Arkansas State Police completed their on scene investigation and inventoried the car, the vehicle was towed from the scene.
No injuries were reported in the pursuit by officers or civilians.
The attached photos and the following video were captured after the pursuit was terminated on Saturday evening.