A Pine Bluff man who reportedly led police on a high speed chase in a carjacked vehicle was arrested with his passengers early Friday morning in Monticello, according to a Drew County Sheriff’s Office incident report.
Corey Damarcus Stevenson, 20, of Pine Bluff, is suspected of theft of vehicle, theft of firearm, possession of firearm, fleeing, careless driving, speeding, failure to yield, no proof of insurance, and fictitious tags.
Stevenson’s passengers, Krystal Lamora Edgerson, 21, of Pine Bluff, and Allen Laron Lee, 18, of North Little Rock, are both suspected of theft of a firearm.
The high-speed chance began on Garnett Road in Drew County shortly after midnight and ended outside a residence on Robin Hood Drive in Monticello, according to information in Drew County Deputy Terry R. Ballard’s narrative in the incident report.
Ballard said he was patrolling the Garnett Road area when he noticed a vehicle approaching him at a high rate of speed. Initially, Ballard’s radar registered the car at 61 miles per hour in a 45 miles per hour zone. Once Ballard turned his car around and began to pursue the vehicle, the speeds reached more than 85 miles per hour. By the time the car was just beyond Rose Hill Presbyterian Church on Highway 83, the speed had increased to more than 90 miles per hour, according to Ballard’s narrative.
The car’s speed then began to decrease and a Monticello police car joined the pursuit. Ballard and the Monticello police officer followed the suspect onto Godbold Street, then north onto Cooper Street, and finally onto Robin Hood Drive where the suspect pulled into a driveway, according to Ballard’s narrative.
Once the vehicle stopped at the residence on Robin Hood Drive, the driver and his two passengers got out of the vehicle and walked toward the residence until Ballard and the Monticello police officer instructed them to go to the rear of their vehicle where they were patted down for weapons. While checking the suspects for weapons, the officers saw a pistol within plain sight inside a cup holder in the vehicle’s center console. The officers also discovered two additional pistols inside the vehicle, according to Ballard’s narrative.
The license plate on the vehicle was registered to a 1996 Green Chevy pick up, but the suspects were in a 2015 Toyota Corolla that reportedly had been carjacked in Pine Bluff, according to Ballard’s narrative.
All three of the suspects are being held in the Drew County Detention Center.