Mountain Home man hits police car, attempts to run

MOUNTAIN HOME, Ark. (KTHV) - A 44-year-old man that struck a Mountain Home Police Department patrol vehicle with his car and then attempted to flee on foot was taken into custody early Friday morning, according to an arrest affidavit released by Mountain Home Police Chief Carry Manuel.

William Ray Thompson was charged with possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia, both Class D felonies, the affidavit reports. Thompson was also charged with three Class A misdemeanors — resisting arrest, criminal mischief and fleeing — resulting from the encounter with Mountain Home police.

According to the affidavit, officer Rodney Wiggins observed Thompson’s car sitting in a parking lot around 2:30 a.m. Friday. The vehicle’s windows were heavily fogged and towels partially covered the windows.

Sgt. Robert McCoy and Wiggins approached the vehicle and did not receive a response after the officers knocked on the windows, the affidavit states. When the officers tried to open the car doors, Thompson pulled them shut and tried to drive off in the vehicle, striking the patrol car of Sgt. McCoy.

McCoy then attempted to taser Thompson, who threw objects from the vehicle and attempted to flee on foot. A second taser was deployed and proved effective in stopping Thompson, who was taken into custody.

Thompson told officers that there were two additional people in his vehicle, which was empty. Officers found two bags containing a crystalline substance and glass smoking pipes while searching the car, the affidavit reports.

While waiting in the patrol car, Thompson had to be removed once after he wedged his foot under a front seat and again after officers found him turned upside down on his back with his feet in the air, the affidavit says.

Thompson was being held in the Baxter County Detention Center in lieu of a $10,000 bond, detention center records indicate.

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