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Spooked by cop car, wanted driver flees

Knowing he had outstanding warrants for his arrest, and seeing the sheriff's patrol car, 25-year-old William Ty Hunter of Sulphur Rock made a bad choice. He sped up and tried to elude the officer.

Independence County Sheriff's Deputy John Marlow said he was patrolling on Gainesboro Road around 4 p.m. Thursday, July 5 when saw a white Chevrolet Equinox, driven by Hunter and traveling a bit faster than other traffic and then make a turn onto Cason Lane and accelerate to over 70 miles per hour.

"At this time I activated my emergency blue lights and sire, then notified dispatch that I was in pursuit and gave the vehicle description," Marlow said "the vehicle continued driving on the opposite side of the road as well as traveling at a high rate of speed before pulling into the driveway of 555 Cason Lane.

"The driver, William Hunter, after stopping, placed his hands outside of the driver's window and stated the reason that he ran was because he had multiple warrants," Marlow said.

Hunter was given an Aug. 1 court date to answer to the charges.