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Jordan Ray Hampton, 23, of Jasper

The reported robbery of a taxi driver in Harrison early Sunday morning led to a pursuit and arrest later that night, a Harrison Police daily log shows.

About 1:20 a.m. Sunday, a caller reported a taxi driver had been robbed outside the White Oak Station on the Bypass.

The suspect was described as a male subject carrying a back pack, wearing a ball cap and bandana, with tattoos on his face and a cast on his left arm.

Officers searched the area and Harrison firefighters used thermal imaging to check the Dry Jordan Creek bed, but the suspect wasn’t located.

He was identified as 23-year-old Jordan Ray Hampton. Other local law enforcement agencies were also asked to watch for Hampton.

Later that night, a man called to report Hampton, who was avoiding police, broke into the caller’s residence, then stole his vehicle while fleeing, the log said.

A lengthy pursuit ensued, winding through town at speeds of more than 100 mph shortly after 10:30 p.m., the log said.

The pursuit then wound down Highway 7 South and then westbound on Highway 206. Police Chief Chris Graddy told the Daily Times that an officer performed a pursuit intervention technique, or PIT maneuver, in the area of Trotter Drive. Such a move causes the driver of a fleeing vehicle to lose control and stop.

The log said a tire on the vehicle blew and the vehicle rolled. Graddy said North Arkansas Regional Medical Center was called to check Hampton out, but he declined medical treatment.

Graddy also said that Hampton allegedly almost hit two officers during the pursuit.

Hampton faces charges of residential burglary, theft of a vehicle, reckless driving, driving on a suspended license, carrying a weapon, fleeing in a vehicle and two counts of aggravated assault on a police officer with bond set at $125,000.

He was also arrested on a warrant for probation violation with bond set at $1,953.37 cash only and a warrant for parole violation with no bond amount shown.

Records show Hampton, who listed a Jasper address, was being held Monday in the Boone County Jail.

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