On July 12, 2011 the Lawrence County Sheriffâ€™s Dept. arrested another of its most wanted. Kriston Birmingham (11/06/79) of Bradford was arrested on a bench warrant for several meth related charges stemming from a car chase a few weeks back. The driver of the vehicle was arrested that night and Birmingham was not located that night so a warrant was obtained. Birmingham is currently in the Lawrence County Jail awaiting a bond hearing.
Wednesday June 23rd at 11:10pm Deputy Blake Liscomb of the Lawrence County Sheriffâ€™s Office made a routine traffic stop at Hwy 62 and 1st street in Imboden. As the driver and passenger of a late 1990â€™s White Chevrolet pickup were being questioned for acting suspicious, the female passenger of the vehicle grabbed Officer Liscomb in an effort to allow the driver of the vehicle to escape. The driver of the truck then got back in his vehicle and fled from Officer Liscomb. Liscomb pursued the vehicle through town and east on Hwy 63 at a high rate of speed. Almost as soon as the chase began Officer Liscomb began to observe the suspect throwing things out of his vehicle at the Deputy.
The chase continued toward Black Rock at speeds in excess of 100 mph. Officers tried unsuccessfully to use spike strips to disable the vehicle at 11:14 pm, the vehicle then turned on Hwy 117 toward Smithville. At this time Sgt. Rocky Chappell joined the pursuit. The deputies noticed the suspect was throwing things out of the window and it was striking the deputies patrol vehicle; the items appeared to be drugs and were hitting the deputies windshields. The suspect also tossed out a backpack out that was recovered by Deputy Duston Walker. Once in Smithville, the suspect vehicle turned north on Hwy 115 back toward Imboden. The chase was joined by a third Lawrence County Deputy, Officer Duston Walker. The driver continued to throw what appeared to be drugs out the window as well as beer bottles.
As the chase went through Annieville, the suspect threw what appeared to be a large amount of money out the window as well. Deputies radioed ahead and the Ravenden Police and Arkansas State Police set up spike strips in front of the Sloan Hendrix Gym on Hwy 115. Shortly after the suspect ran over the spike strips as he entered the Imboden City Limits. The vehicle once again turned on Hwy 63 heading east toward Black Rock but wrecked out just outside of Imboden.
The suspect attempted to flee the wrecked vehicle once it came to rest, officers told the suspect he would be tasered if he did not comply, which he did not, officers deployed tasers. The suspect was taken into custody. Dailâ€™s Wrecker was called the scene to remove the vehicle. Once the suspect was in custody he was taken to the Lawrence County Jail and deputies started the long task of recovering all the evidence from the car chase. Deputies recovered a large amount of money from the roadside in Annieville, the backpack recovered by Officer Walker contained what appeared to be Marijuana, Meth, Sudafed, syringes and drug paraphernalia. Officers recovered the Drivers License and Insurance information from the roadside where the chase began. The vehicle once searched contained a large amount of cash, a handgun and what investigators are calling a large amount of â€œIceâ€ a type of methamphetamine. Deputies also recovered a large amount of Meth from the roadside, thrown out during the vehicle pursuit.
For more information on Sheriff Dotsonâ€™s Most Wanted, visit their site at www.lawrencecountysheriffsoffice.com .