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The stolen Kia Sorento slammed head-on into the truck. (Photo courtesy of Tyra Dollarhyde)

High-speed chase results in arrests and collision


(UPDATED STORY – 12/15/2021)

On Dec. 13 at about 8:10 pm, officers of the Mena Police Department attempted to stop a black Kia Sorento in the Northside Shopping Center parking lot. The vehicle was reported stolen, and the occupants were suspects of several crimes in the area.

The vehicle fled from the officers which led to a high-speed chase that went out into the county and then back into the city. During the chase the police department was assisted by the Polk County Sheriff’s Office and Arkansas Game and Fish.

On Cherry Street, at the Highway 71 intersection, the suspect vehicle hit a civilian vehicle occupied by Tyra Dollarhyde and Ken Griffin head on.

Dollarhyde said the truck she was in was driving south on Cherry Street, crossing

Hwy. 71. As they were passing Cruizers, they saw a vehicle coming straight at them. The driver of the Kia, “… drove behind the old Walmart and came back around. He could’ve stopped but instead, he rammed us.

“We knew the chances we were taking by stopping there. I didn’t think he would ram us. It was shocking. We didn’t want to take a chance of him harming someone else, so we decided to take the hit.”

The Kia sits much lower than the pickup truck. The car basically went under the front bumper of the truck. Dollarhyde stated that was basically the only damage to the truck. She and Griffin sustained some minor cuts and bruises, but no serious injuries.

The driver tried to flee on foot but was apprehended in the Cruizer’s parking lot.

Dollarhyde described, “After he hit us, he jumped out of the vehicle and ran through the Cruizers parking lot, where the cops tackled him. The woman who was with him stayed in the car.”

 The female passenger was also arrested at the scene. Southwest EMS was called to the scene, but no injuries were reported. The Arkansas State Police responded to work the accident.

Jordan Garcia, 27, was charged with Possession of Schedule 2 Controlled Substance, Fleeing in Vehicle, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Felony Theft of Property, Misdemeanor Theft of Property, Theft by Receiving, Criminal Mischief 2nd Degree, Careless/Prohibited Driving, Driving on Suspended License, and served with a warrant out of Crawford County.

Kayla Allbright, 24, was charged with Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Felony Theft of Property, Misdemeanor Theft of Property, Criminal Mischief 2nd Degree, Fleeing in Vehicle, Theft by Receiving and served with a warrant out of Sebastian County.

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