BY MELANIE WADE –
A 31-year old Mena man was arrested on September 21, after stealing a car, ramming a police car, and being found in possession of illegal substances. Michael T. Higgins is currently in the Polk County Detention Center awaiting formal arraignment on an array of charges.
On September 21, Mena Police had received information that Higgins was driving a vehicle that was reported stolen from Waldron, Arkansas. Officers were able to locate Higgins on Missouri Street in Mena where they made a traffic stop on the allegedly stolen Ford Mustang.
Mena PD Officers Steven Stout and Eudell Head made contact with Higgins and attempted to place him under arrest; however, Higgins refused to exit the vehicle. Stout attempted to enter the vehicle to extract the suspect and at that time, Higgins allegedly accelerated the vehicle he was driving, launching it into the stationary Mena Police unit. Officer Stout was injured in the crash with minor injuries.
Higgins was apprehended at that time and placed under arrest before being transported to the Polk County Detention Center where he was booked on several charges. Although formal charges are pending and more could be added, charges filed against Higgins currently are: Battery in the 2nd Degree; Aggravated Assault; Felony Fleeing; Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (2 counts); and Possession of Methamphetamine with the Purpose to Deliver. Higgins’ bond is $78,175.00.
As a note, all persons within this report are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.