Photo: Chase Pollard and Chad Pollard.
Twin brothers from Texas pled no contest to a number of charges stemming from a high-speed pursuit spanning two counties in April. They were put on probation for three years during a session of Baxter County Circuit Court Thursday.
The car chase ended for 29-year-olds Chad and Chase Pollard just short of the Bull Shoals city limits when their vehicle spun out and hit a guardrail twice.
But, the twins, who both listed a Crosby, Texas, address, were not finished for the day. They bailed out of the car and ran into the woods. A Cotter Police officer gave chase and found the brothers lying flat on their stomachs near the spot where they entered the woods.
The Pollards were taken to Baxter Regional Medical Center, examined and then booked into the county jail April 5. They have been in jail since that time.
According to the probable cause affidavit, the chase began when the Cotter officer observed a vehicle with a minor equipment violation. When the first attempt was made to stop the car, it sped off toward Gassville on U.S. Highway 62/412.
The Cotter officer notified the Gassville Police Department the car was accelerating and not responding to emergency lights and sirens.
The vehicle continued traveling at a high rate of speed and turned into a convenience store parking lot. The car then "fishtailed" out of the lot and reentered the highway -- this time headed back toward Cotter.
According to police reports, the speeding car, which was being driven by Chad Pollard, cut off a semi-trailer truck and then turned its lights off as it traveled the Highway 62/412 bridge at Cotter.
The pursuit continued into Flippin and Fairview before ending short of the Bull Shoals city limits.
The backseat of the four-door sedan occupied by the twins was full of clothes, food and even a toaster oven, according to law enforcement. Because of the large number of items in the backseat, there was only room for the two brothers to sit in the front seat.
According to court records, the twin brothers were driving at speeds exceeding 100-miles-per-hour on the open road and through cities as well. The chase represented a high risk of causing an accident involving other vehicles, police said.
The chase involving the twins was only one of several in April. The number of high-speed pursuits prompted Circuit Judge Gordon Webb to comment from the bench during a recent court session he was becoming increasingly concerned for the safety of the public and officers involved in attempts to get those who run from the law stopped.
Judge Webb warned because of the number of such chases in Baxter County and the danger they represented to the general public, he intended to carefully study all aspects of any chase involving suspects who chose to hit the accelerator instead of the brake when they see blue lights behind them.
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