Monday, November 5, 2018

Pair Charged After High Speed Chase

A Fort Smith man and woman were arrested on Oct. 25, after a chase involving Roland police, and now face charges in Sequoyah County District Court, Sallisaw.

Michelle Nicole Dodson, 33, of Fort Smith was charged in district court on Oct. 31 with endangering others while eluding police, knowingly concealing stolen property, harboring a fugitive from justice, speeding, and driving with a suspended or revoked license.

Her companion, Garrett Ashton Ferguson, 28, of Fort Smith was charged Oct. 31 with eluding police and knowingly concealing stolen property.

According to the Roland police report filed with the charges, Dodson was spotted driving a rented black Nissan, which had been reported stolen, and was stopped on Roland’s north side. But, the report continues, Dodson drove away from the traffic stop and drove north on Swon Road, at times hitting speeds of 107 miles per hour. The report continues that Dodson crashed the vehicle when she tried to turn onto a side road. She and her passenger, Fergason, were then taken into custody at gunpoint. According to the report, Fergason admitted he had warrants out for his arrest from other states, and he told Dodson to flee because he did not want to go back to jail.

During the investigation, Roland police also found that the man who rented the vehicle also reported a television and tablet had been stolen. Police found a television and tablet in the car. Both items were returned to the owner.

Sally Maxwell, Senior News Director

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