A traffic stop was initiated Monday morning on motorcycle that was traveling at a high rate of speed near the shopping mall in Horseshoe Bend. Izard County Sheriff Tate Lawrence said the motorcycle failed to stop for Deputy Mike Smith and the pursuit continued through various areas of the city eventfully onto state highway 289. The cycle with a passenger on board traveled in excess of 80 miles per hour, failed to stop and several stop signs and often crossing the center line. Deputy Smith radioed for assistance and Corporal Mark Simino established a road block west of Wiseman; however, the driver lost control of the motorcycle and wrecked before reaching the road block.
The driver later identified as Kenneth R. Stephens II, age 29 with addresses in Batesville and Star City and the 22 year old female passenger were thrown to the ground when the cycle crashed. Stephens then threw his coat and helmet to ground and continued to flee on foot but was quickly apprehended by Smith. Vital Link transported the female passenger to a hospital and a Deputy Mark Simino transported Stephens to a hospital before taking him on to the Izard County Detention Facility. Stephens was charged with 15 traffic offenses and five criminal offenses to include possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia- two counts, and fleeing. The female passenger was not charged.
Stephens remains in the Izard County Detention Facility on these charge as well as seven Sharp County warrants including a parole violation.
News Release, For Immediate Release, February 19, 2014, POC: Sheriff Lawrence, 8703684203
Note: Picture of Stephens provided