Johnson County
Sheriff's Office
Clarksville, Arkansas
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Knoxville Resident Arrested After Vehicle Pursuit

Homer Carson, age 46 of Knoxville was arrested on January 26 by Deputy Matt Ross after a vehicle pursuit ended in a yard in South Bend Estates. Ross was taking a report at a residence on Old Highway 64 in Knoxville and as he was finishing the report he observed a vehicle drive by the residence which matched the description of the suspect vehicle in the report. Ross followed the vehicle and observed it make two turns without the driver using a turn signal. Ross activated his light in an attempt to stop the vehicle but the driver sped away at a high rate of speed. The pursuit covered county road 1651, 1660 and Private Road 1597 before the driver became stuck in a yard. Ross took the driver into custody then discovered a sawed-off 12 ga. shotgun in the rear floorboard which contained 4 shells. Carson then reportedly offered Ross $5000.00 then $10,000.00 to let him go. Ross transported Carson to the detention center on felony and misdemeanor charges. Carson is charged with Criminal Use of a Prohibited Weapon, Possession of a Firearm By Certain Persons, Fleeing From Officer (Auto), Too Fast For Conditions, Driving Left of Center, Failure To Use Turn Signal and Attempting to Influence a Public Servant. Carson went before District Judge Len Bradley on Wednesday, January 27 where his bond was set at $25,000.00 cash/commercial with an initial court date of March 5 in Circuit Court.