TPD arrest two in wild chase
The Tyronza Police Department arrested two Jonesboro men, in connection with a chase that eventually stopped near Marion.
According to Sgt. Light Roberts of the Tyronza Police Department, on May 15, at around 5:45 p.m., Off. Tony Turner of the TPD was advised by a caller to the TPD that the caller was an agent, trying to stop a vehicle, loaded down with illegal drugs, on U.S. 63. Immediately, TPD states that Off. Turner went to assist to stop the vehicle. Police report that when the vehicle entered the city limits of Tyronza, the vehicle was going in excess of 110 miles per hour. The vehicle continued south on U.S. 63, allegedly driving off the roadway, shoulder and going around vehicles, causing danger on the highway. TPD states that the chase entered Crittenden County and ended near Marion. Upon stopping the vehicle, the driver and passenger were taken into custody, Sgt. Roberts states. A subsequent investigation led law enforcement in both counties to discover that the person who had identified himself as an agent, Matthew Joel Ramsbottom, 25, of Jonesboro, was allegedly a repossession recovery agent. Ramsbottom was arrested and charged with criminal impersonation and reckless endangerment. A subsequent search of the vehicle led law enforcement to allegedly find a pistol, two badges, three pairs of handcuffs and a stun gun. The driver of the vehicle being chased, Frankie J. Griffin, 26, of Jonesboro, was also arrested for speeding, failure to yield to an emergency vehicle, reckless driving, and vehicle fleeing. Both Griffin and Ramsbottom were cited to appear in Tyronza District Court on May 23, to answer to the charges.