The 31-year-old Louisville, Kentucky man arrested Friday night, after allegedly striking an Arkansas State Police patrol vehicle and leading authorities on a slow I-30 pursuit which began in Hope, Arkansas and concluded near Cumby in Hopkins County, remained in Hopkins County jail Sunday afternoon. In addition to the Hopkins County evading arrest or detention with a vehicle charge he was booked into jail for on April 9, ,Mohammedali Ahmedin has seince been charged and is being held for Miller County, Arkansas authorities on an aggravated assault charge, according to jail 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 both times. Motorists traveling on I-30 during that time reported seeing what appeared to be damage to the highway where the truck struck the pavement sans a tire between it and the metal wheel.
However, the truck driver continued evading authorities at rates of speed reported to remain between 50 and 60 miles per hour, despite two front tires that had gone completely flat and six of the flat bed trailer’s eight rear tires being flat as well. The truck driver drove “very aggressively” toward vehicles on the road as well as patrol units that attempted to block exits and deploy additional stop sticks, HCSO deputies alleged in arrest reports.
The Friday night pursuit concluded when 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 green semi, 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 Friday night pursuit also allegedly struck an Arkansas State Police patrol unit with his vehicle during the chase.
Ahmedin allegedly told police “Allah instructed him to complete the criminal acts,” Baumann wrote 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. Friday, April 9, on a felony evading arrest or detention with a vehicle charge. Ahmedin, who is also known as Mohammedali Suleman Ahmedin, has since had a Miller County, Arkansas (where Texarkana is partially located) aggravated assault charge added to the list of offenses he is accused of. The 31-year-old Kentucky man was being held in Hopkins County jail Sunday afternoon, April 11, 2021, 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.