The Arkansas State Police announced Thursday two incidents this week involving alleged speeders firing upon troopers.
Both incidents occurred on Interstate 40 with the July 29 incident occurring near Conway and the July 27 shooting happening near Forrest City.
In the Forrest City incident, police say that state police corporal Steve Roberts initiated a traffic stop eastbound on I-40 at around 10:30 a.m. The driver of the allegedly speeding vehicle, 37-year-old Stevie Maxwell of Greenville, Mississippi ,refused to comply and stop the vehicle. As the state police officer pursued Maxwell, police say, he was fired upon from inside the car.
Maxwell later exited I-40 onto the media east of Forrest City and surrendered, police say. Maxwell is being charged with aggravated assault, driving while intoxicated, reckless driving, and speeding.
The second incident involved trooper Tyler Langley initiating a traffic stop in Faulkner County on I-40 at around 1:43 p.m. The driver was allegedly speeding and refused to top and began to accelerate and flee the area by exiting I-40, according to police, along Dave Ward Drive.
The driver, police say, abandoned the vehicle after a short pursuit that ended near the Donaghey Avenue and South Mitchell Street area. Police say there was an exchange of gunfire when the suspect fired a rifle at Trooper Langley, who returned fire.
The suspect was apprehended and transported to a local hospital to be examined, but police say he was not wounded. The suspect is being held at the Faulkner County Detention Center for questioning by special agents of the Arkansas State Police’s criminal investigation division. The identity of the suspect will be released once he is formally charged, according to police.