Shortly before 8:00 pm on Saturday the Ravenden Police Department contacted Lawrence County dispatch and stated they were in pursuit of an unknown type of motorcycle carrying two occupants heading south bound on Hwy. 63 towards Imboden at a high rate of speed.
Dispatchers notified agencies to the south including Randolph County of the pursuit described as high speed and dangerous. Black Rock police department intercepted the chase just north of the Black Rock city limits as it entered their city. The suspect motorcycle at that point was running speeds from 80-90 miles per hour, passing on the shoulder, and endangering Memorial Day travelers .
As the pursuit went through Portia speeds increased to above 120 miles per hour, Walnut Ridge Officers and Lawrence County deputies joined the pursuit. As the pursuit passed the highway 412/highway 63 intersection the Hoxie PD was notified and their officer staged ahead of the chase. A heavy presence of Arkansas State troopers, out working holiday traffic, set up a road block just south of the Hoxie exit. As the pursuit entered Hoxie the motorcycle slowed momentarily allowing a Hoxie police officer to force the motorcycle into the grass as it was trying to flee the wrong way on the Hoxie on-ramp. As multiple agencies converged, the driver was taken into custody. It was later discovered the driver had warrants out of Florida.
The driver who was identified as Devin Edwards was charged with felony fleeing, reckless endangerment, improper passing, failure to provide insurance, and speeding. The female passenger on the motorcycle was not injured in the incident. The motorcycle was towed from the scene by Cookâ€™s Wrecker Service. Edwards will face a bond hearing and formal charges later this week. He is currently housed in the Lawrence County detention center.