High-speed chase through 2 counties leads to probation for Arizona man

An Arizona man arrested in July 2018 following a high-speed chase beginning near Flippin and ending in Mountain Home has been sentenced to five years of supervised probation, following his guilty plea late last month to five charges.

Online court records indicate 32-year-old Weston Robertson of Sierra Vista entered his plea to felony charges of theft of property and fleeing, along with misdemeanors of resisting arrest, disorderly conduct and driving while intoxicated, first offense.

He was also ordered to serve 120 days in the Marion County jail, with credit given for the 65 days he was incarcerated.

According to the probable cause affidavit, an Arkansas State Police trooper observed Robertson in a truck doing donuts in a business parking lot near Flippin. He fled the scene when he saw the ASP officer.

The trooper asked for assistance from the Marion County Sheriff’s Office because he was transporting a prisoner and could not engage in a pursuit.

Officers from four other law enforcement agencies joined the high-speed pursuit before it ended at Eighth and Bryant streets in Mountain Home with the execution of spike strips, leading the vehicle to slam into a curb.

During the pursuit, Robertson’s vehicle forced multiple others off the roadway, and he failed to stop at four traffic signals. The affidavit enumerated 36 violations as a result of the incident.

About five hours after the chase began, the owner of the vehicle Robertson had been driving arrived at the Marion County Sheriff’s Office. The Flippin man told law enforcement he had loaned his truck to his daughter and her boyfriend, identified as Robertson.

In mid afternoon, the daughter called her father saying Robertson had stolen the vehicle, along with some tools.

When asked why it took so long to file a report with law enforcement, the Flippin man said he figured Robertson would return the vehicle.

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