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Arkansas Man Stopped Driving A Stolen Vehicle Flees From Officers

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A 25-year-old Arkansas man stopped while driving a stolen vehicle ran from officers into a brushy area along Interstate 30 Thursday, but was located about an hour later and jailed, according to arrest reports.

Hopkins County Sheriff’s Office Deputies Bobby Osornio, Josh Davis, Justin Wilkerson and Kevin Lester received information early Thursday morning that a stolen Range Rover was traveling east on Interstate 30 toward Hopkins County. Deputies reported seeing a white Range Land Rover they believed to be the stolen vehicle on I-30 east and attempted stop it near mile marker 121 at 3:16 a.m. Oct. 27, 2022. The driver did not immediately stop. Instead the car continued in the right lane a short distance, then slowly began traveling on the improved shoulder, before finally stopping, Osornio noted in arrest reports.

The driver exited Range Rover and was ordered to walk to deputies. He started to walk back, then took off running south away from the deputy into nearby brush, where Osornio reported officers lost site of the man.

The vehicle was checked, but held no additional occupants. HCSO units and Sulphur Springs Police began searching the area where the man was last seen running toward. The Range Rover was inventoried, confirmed to be the vehicle reported to Plano authorities as stolen, then released to a wrecker driver.

Officials noted a black Cadillac appeared to have been following the Range Rover prior to the traffic stop. The car was located at a Gas station near mile marker 122. Deputies stopped it for a vehicle violation as it left the gas station. The car was registered to Cavan Polite, who further investigation revealed was the man who ran away from them. The driver of the Cadillac agreed to let deputies search it. They found a pistol reported to be owned by Polite, deputies alleged in arrest reports.

The search for Polite ended a short time later, when officials found the Little Rock, Arkansas man hiding in the brush along I-30 east. Cavan Swain Polite was taken into custody at 4:56 a.m. Oct. 27, 2022, and transported to the county jail.

A criminal history and records check showed Polite wanted in Ellis County on five outstanding warrants, and also has a prior felony conviction, which legally should prevent him from possessing a firearm, Deputy Osornio noted in arrest reports.

As a result, Polite was booked into Hopkins County jail at 7:28 a.m. Oct. 27, 2022, on charges of unauthorized use of a vehicle – driving the stolen vehicle, evading arrest or detention for running from the officers, and unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon; as well as the Ellis County warrants for evading arrest or detention with a vehicle, false driver’s license or ID, tampering with a government record, driving while license invalid with previous conviction and interference with public duties, according to arrest reports.

Sulphur Springs Police and Hopkins County Sheriff
Sulphur Springs Police and Hopkins County Sheriff’s Office patrol vehicles

Author: Faith Huffman

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