A man accused of repeatedly fleeing from police is now facing a long list of charges connected to a large amount of drugs and paraphernalia found after a car and foot chase in August.
Dustin Ray Vann, 28, managed to evade arrest twice in a vehicle and on foot before being taken into custody Aug. 28, according to a probable cause affidavit. Vann was wanted for failing to appear in court on theft and breaking and entering charges, according to court records. Texarkana, Ark., police were acting on information provided by a Miller County Sheriff’s Office deputy when they waited for him in a parking lot on East Street Aug. 28 at about 9 p.m. in Texarkana, Ark.
A sheriff’s deputy waited in the parking lot in an unmarked car and advised Vann was driving a car that pulled in at approximately 9:15 p.m. When Texarkana, Ark., police attempted to stop Vann he immediately began fleeing south on East Street and then at speeds as high as 90 miles per hour while traveling south on Lineferry Road.
“After a lengthy pursuit, the vehicle pulled to the side of the road and the driver fled on foot into the woods,” the affidavit states. “At this time, Officer Freeman gave chase on foot and activated his bailout system allowing the K-9 (Rossi) to exit the patrol car.”
Rossi brought Vann under his control about 100 yards from the roadway in a wooded area. Vann was instructed to roll over on his stomach before the officer removed the dog, which had a hold of Vann’s right forearm. Vann was transported by ambulance to a local hospital for treatment of his wound.
Officers were not able to locate items they believed Vann had thrown into the woods as he ran because of darkness. The following day, the sheriff’s deputy who had assisted police with locating Vann searched the area. The deputy recovered two black bags along with a plastic grocery bag.
“He stated the grocery bag had blood smeared on it and tear marks consistent with K-9 teeth,” the affidavit states.
Inside the bags officers allegedly recovered,”a clear baggie containing 18 grams of suspected methamphetamine, two baggies containing a total of 39.5 pills identified as Clonazepam, a small baggie containing three yellow pills identified as Hydrocodone, one green pill identified as Alprazolam, a clear baggie containing 1.6 grams of suspected methamphetamine, one syringe containing 14 dosage units of suspected methamphetamine, on opened package of Southern Max II synthetic marijuana which weighed 3.4 grams, multiple empty plastic bags, one black didgital scale with a white residue on the scale pad, Bugler rolling papers, 20 new syringes, one glass drug pipe which contained a white residue inside.”
Multiple arrest warrants for possession of a controlled substance with the intent to deliver, and possession of drug paraphernalia were recently issued. Vann is currently being held in the Miller County jail.