A Mountain Home man faces numerous charges after leading law enforcement on a police chase. Thirty-two-year-old Andrew Beyer was arrested Friday evening on three felony counts of simple possession of a controlled substance, felony counts of fleeing, possession of a schedule IV or V controlled substance with purpose to deliver, tampering with physical evidence and possession of drug paraphernalia and misdemeanor counts of fleeing, fictitious license plate, no proof of liability insurance and leaving the scene of an accident. He was released from the Baxter County Detention Center early Saturday evening on a bond of $10,000.
According to a Mountain Home Police affidavit, Officer Rodney Wiggins initiated a traffic stop on a vehicle driven by Beyer. During the stop, a female passenger exited the vehicle and entered a local convenience store. Beyer then allegedly put the vehicle in drive, struck another vehicle and sped away. Officer Wiggins pursued the vehicle as it reportedly drove recklessly, nearly hitting another vehicle head-on, until it hit a curb and became disabled. The affidavit states Beyer then fled on foot, and as Officer Wiggins gave chase, he deployed his Taser. Beyer was struck by the Taser and taken into custody.
Several drug-related items were allegedly found. A Hydrocodone tablet was located on the ground near the vehicle. Inside the vehicle, officers found nearly 5 1/2 ounces of marijuana. Under a purse where the passenger was sitting, a small plastic baggie containing nearly one gram of a white crystalline substance was located, and it field-tested positive for methamphetamine. In addition, a set of digital scales was located in the center console. As Beyer was removed from the patrol unit at the detention center, two more Hydrocodone pills were spotted in the floorboard.
During the pursuit, the unidentified passenger fled the convenience store through the rear of the building setting off the alarm. She is on active felony probation for a drug-related conviction in 2016.
Beyer is scheduled to appear in Baxter County Circuit Court next month.
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