Woman accused of taking Carroll County Sheriff’s Office vehicle
Lovely County Citizen
A Berryville woman was arrested Friday, April 24, after allegedly driving away from the Carroll County Law Enforcement Complex in an unmarked sheriff’s office vehicle and leading a pursuit at speeds up to 80 mph.
According to a news release from the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office, a female later identified as Amber Walker was released from the county detention center at approximately 10:20 a.m. Friday on a previous charge in a disorderly conduct case. Approximately seven minutes later, at 10:27 a.m., the release says Walker was seen on video surveillance, driving away in an unmarked CCSO detective’s vehicle. An advisory was immediately released to all surrounding agencies to be on the lookout for the vehicle.
At approximately 11:05 a.m., the release says, Eureka Springs police located the vehicle traveling eastbound near Valley View Baptist Church on U.S. Highway 62 between Berryville and Eureka Springs.
Eureka Springs police attempted to perform a traffic stop on the vehicle, according to the release, but the driver refused to stop and continued traveling eastbound at speeds up to 80 mph.
According to a probable-affidavit written by CCSO detective Leesa Dehm, Walker was changing lanes, swerving and driving in a reckless manner.
At approximately 11:11 a.m., the news release says, officers from the sheriff’s office, the Berryville Police Department and the Eureka Springs Police Department coordinated on a “rolling roadblock” to box the vehicle in before it reached the Berryville city limits.
Dehm’s affidavit says Walker drove into a parking lot and was able to get around a Berryville patrol vehicle. It then continued onto County Road 312 and through a gate into a field before patrol vehicles were able to box in the stolen vehicle and stop it.
Walker was taken into custody and transported to the sheriff’s office.
According to Dehm’s affidavit, Walker acknowledged taking the vehicle, a Ford Escape. Asked why she took it, Walker replied: ‘Cause it looked good,” the affidavit says.
Walker, 36, appeared before Carroll County District Judge Dale Ramsey on Monday. Ramsey found probable cause to charge Walker with felony counts of theft of a motor vehicle and fleeing in a vehicle and misdemeanor counts of fleeing and reckless driving. Ramsey set Walker’s bond at $10,000 and ordered her to appear in Carroll County Circuit Court at 9 a.m. Monday, June 8, in Eureka Springs.