Driver Claimed Allah Instructed Him To Do It
A 31-year-old Louisville, Kentucky man allegedly struck an Arkansas State Police patrol vehicle while leading authorities on a slow I-30 pursuit which began with the man’s involvement in a hit and run crash in Hope, Arkansas and concluded near Cumby in Hopkins County Friday night, according to arrest reports.
Hopkins County Sheriff’s Office deputies were made aware an Arkansas State Police and Texas Department of Public Safety units were actively pursuing a green Freightliner semi traveling west on Interstate 30, approaching Hopkins County around 8 p.m. April 9, 2021. When the vehicle pursuit crossed into Franklin-Hopkins County line at mile marker 142, HCSO deputies joined in, taking lead on the pursuit which included a long line of law enforcement vehicles from more than one county and at least two states all traveling west behind the semi with lights on, attempting to get the semi to stop., according to arrest and sheriff’s reports.
While those deputies were actively engaged in the slow I-30 pursuit, other deputies got ahead of the chase and deployed stop sticks at the 138 mile marker as well as the 131 mile marker on I-30, with positive results. However, the truck driver continued evading authorities, despite two front tires that had gone completely flat and six of the trailer’s eight rear tires being flat as well. The driver drove “very aggressively toward vehicles on the road as well as patrol units that attempted to block exits and deploy additional stop sticks, deputies noted in arrest reports.
Eventually, the slow rolling truck crashed into the center median at the 113 mile marker on I-30 west. HCSO Deputy Chris Baumann and Sgt. Scott Davis, along with the officers in the fleet of law enforcement vehicles that’d been pursuing the fleeing truck, approached and contacted the driver of the crash Freightliner. Officers took Mohammedali Ahmedin into custody at 9:03 p.m. April 9 and placed him into Baumann’s patrol vehicle for transport to Hopkins County jail.
The Arkansas State Police advised that the initial pursuit began when the semi failed to stop after involvement in a hit and run crash in Hope Arkansas. The driver of the truck in the slow I-30 pursuit also allegedly struck an Arkansas State Police patrol unit with his vehicle during the pursuit.
Ahmedin allegedly told police “Allah instructed him to complete the criminal acts,” Baumann alleged in arrest reports.
Davis and Baumann transported the 31-year-old Louisville, Kentucky man to Hopkins County jail, where he was booked at 10:22 p.m. on a felony evading arrest or detention with a vehicle charge Ahmedin, who is also known as Mohammedali Suleman Ahmedin, remained in Hopkins County jail midmorning Saturday, April 10, 2021. Bond had not yet been set at 9 a.m. Saturday, according to jail reports.
The Hopkins County Sheriff’s Office is located at 298 Rosemont St., Sulphur Springs, TX 75482.
Non-emergency calls can be made to (903) 438-4040.