A traffic stop was initiated Monday morning, February 17 on a motorcycle that was traveling at a high rate of speed near the Diamond B shopping mall in Horseshoe Bend.
Izard County Sheriff Tate Lawrence said the driver of the motorcycle failed to stop for Deputy Mike Smith, and a pursuit continued through various areas of the city eventuallyy onto State Highway 289. The cycle with a passenger on board traveled in excess of 80 miles per hour, failed to stop at several stop signs and often crossed the center line. Deputy Smith radioed for assistance and Corporal Mark Simino established a road block west of Wiseman; however, the driver lost control of the motorcycle and wrecked before reaching the road block.
Kenneth R. Stephens II, age 29 with addresses in Batesville and Star Cit,y and his 22 year old female passenger were thrown to the ground when the motorcycle crashed. Stephens then threw his coat and helmet to the ground and continued to flee on foot but was quickly apprehended by Smith.
Vital Link transported the female passenger to a hospital and Corp. Simino transported Stephens to a hospital before taking him to the Izard County Detention Facility. Stephens was charged with 15 traffic offenses and five criminal offenses to include possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia- two counts, and fleeing. The female passenger was not charged.
Stephens remains in the Izard County Detention Facility on these charge as well as seven Sharp County warrants including a parole violation.

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