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Authorities identify 2 Arkansans ejected from stolen car in I-40 chase; both still hospitalized

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Arkansas Democrat-Gazette/BENJAMIN KRAIN --3/14/17-- Lonoke County Sheriff Department and State Police investigate and accident in North Little Rock that injured two people after they were ejected from a stolen vehicle during a high speed chase. The driver refused to pull over for a Lonoke County sheriff's office deputy during a traffic vilation in Cabot around 12:30 Tuesday and led several other law enforcement vehicles on a pursuit until it hit a tree while exiting Interstate 40 westbound at Highway 167. The driver who had multiple warrants out for his arrest and the passenger were seriously injured after being ejected.

Authorities have identified two Arkansans who were hospitalized after they fled police, crashed a stolen car and were thrown from the vehicle Tuesday afternoon.

Alexa Miller, 21, of Conway and Cody Richards, 27, of North Little Rock are both still hospitalized nearly a week after the pair wrecked a stolen black 2009 Pontiac G6, Lonoke County sheriff's office spokesman Lt. Matt Edwards said.

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A Lonoke County deputy attempted to pull over the Pontiac in Cabot for a traffic violation around 12:30 p.m., but the driver refused to stop, Arkansas Online previously reported. Eventually, authorities pursued the car onto westbound Interstate 40, where the Pontiac took an exit onto northbound U.S. 167, officials said.

While exiting the interstate, the driver of the Pontiac lost control and struck a tree, and Miller and Richards were ejected from the vehicle, police said. They were taken to separate hospitals, where they remained Monday morning, Edwards said. Their conditions were not immediately available.

The sheriff's office issued warrants for Richards' arrest on charges of fleeing, two counts of theft by receiving and aggravated assault. A warrant was issued for Miller's arrest on two counts of theft by receiving.

Stolen merchandise was found inside the Pontiac, Edwards noted.

Comments

LR1955 says...

Dumb & Dumber Sr & Jr

Posted 20 March 2017, 2:20 p.m. Suggest removal

hogfan2012 says...

I believe they were also the couple who stole the vehicle at Sherwood earlier that day.

Posted 20 March 2017, 4:53 p.m. Suggest removal

Deadeye26 says...

Worthless thugs. And apparently they suck at driving in addition to living a crime-free life.

Posted 20 March 2017, 5:06 p.m. Suggest removal

Olphart says...

Where are the posters who demanded that the newspaper print their race last week? It's no longer that important, is it? Thought not...

Posted 20 March 2017, 10:35 p.m. Suggest removal

SOLIDERBOY says...

White males just having fun

Posted 21 March 2017, 7:42 a.m. Suggest removal

Queen1976 says...

Too bad these thugs didn't kill themselves.

Posted 21 March 2017, 8:32 a.m. Suggest removal

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