A man with addresses listed in Batesville and Star City was arrested by Izard County Sheriff's deputies after a high speed motorcycle chase ended with him and the passenger on the motorcycle crashing and being thrown to the ground. According to Izard County Sheriff Tate Lawrence, 29-year-old Kenneth R. Stephens II, was charged with 15 traffic offenses and five criminal offenses including possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and fleeing. The female passenger was not charged in the incident.
According to the sheriff, a traffic stop was initiated when Stephens was seen traveling at a high rate of speed near the shopping mall in Horseshoe Bend. Lawrence said Stephens failed to stop for a deputy and the pursuit continued through the city and eventually on to state highway 289 with speeds reaching excess of 80 miles per hour. A road block was established west of Wideman, however, Stephens lost control of the motorcycle and crashed before he reached the road block.
Stephens then threw his helmet and jacket to the ground and proceeded to flee but was taken into custody a short time later. Vital Link transported the female passenger to a hospital. Stephens was taken to a hospital and then taken to the Izard County Detention facility by a deputy.
Stephens remains in the detention facility on charges from this incident as well as seven Sharp County warrants including parole violation.
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