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Three in custody after high speed chase

Three Logan County men are in the Crawford County Detention Center and authorities are looking for another Logan County man after the theft of a vehicle and a high-speed chase through Franklin and Logan counties last week.

At times, the speed of the chase reached 100 miles-per-hour. The chase took place on Wednesday, May 28. Two of the suspects were captured that night. The third suspect was captured last Thursday in Booneville.

The jailed suspects are Jeremy Scott Stanford, Zachery Shane Farnam and Joe C. Lasiter. The suspect being sought is identified at Will Strickland, according to an investigator with the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department.

The incident began when Dyer police received a report that several males were in the Dyer Bottoms trying to steal a tractor, according to Crawford County Sheriffs Department Investigator Tom Bruce. Three white males were seen on the tractor but fled on foot when spotted, Bruce said. Farnam and Stanford were arrested that night, Bruce said.

Lasiter and Strickland are believed to have then stolen a 2008 Ford pick-up truck later that evening. A deputy later noticed the farm truck and attempted to stop it but the suspects fled and the chase ensued. A number of agencies were involved in the chase including Arkansas State Police, Logan, Franklin and Crawford County Sheriffs Departments, and the Ozark, Paris, Booneville and Magazine Police Departments.

The suspects were chased along Highway 64, across the Arkansas River, down Highway 309 to Paris, through Paris onto Highway 23. Police lost the suspects near the intersection of Highway 23 and Corley Road, Bruce said.

On Thursday, May 29, the Logan County Sheriffs Department was notified that pick up truck was spotted at a shale pit off of Highway 23 in the Brownsville area. After checking, it was determined that the pick up was the one stolen the previous night and involved in the chase. The owner was notified and he took possession of the truck after evidence was gathered, according to incident reports.

Also that same morning, the Logan County Sheriffs Department was told that Lasiter had arrived at a Booneville residence early that morning. He was taken into custody and later place under arrest and transported to the Crawford County Detention Center, according to incident reports.

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