A Faulkner County man was arrested last night (Wednesday, March 3rd) after fleeing from Arkansas State Police early Wednesday morning. Joey James Staley is expected to be formally charged later today.
A state police Highway Patrol Division trooper attempted to make a traffic stop about 7:30 AM yesterday south of Conway near Baker Willis Parkway and Sturgis Road. The driver of the sport utility vehicle, later identified as Staley, did not pull over, but sped away leading to a police pursuit that ended in the Mayflower area along Sullivan Road. During the pursuit Staley brandished a gun from the driver’s window and is believed to have attempted to fire the weapon at the pursuing trooper. Staley abandoned the SUV and fled south from the area.
Last night about 7:30 state troopers, accompanied by Faulkner County Sheriff’s Deputies, and U.S. Marshals, located Staley at a residence on Flag Pond Road west of Mayflower. Staley was arrested without incident and is being held at the Faulkner County Jail. Maumelle Police Officers had worked closely with troopers in a search for Staley earlier in the day.
State troopers are preparing an affidavit of arrest today seeking formal charges against Staley for attempted capital murder.