Green Forest man arrested after high-speed chase

Tuesday, March 30, 2021
Caesar Lopez

A Green Forest man is out on bail after leading deputies on a high-speed chase through eastern Carroll County on March 21, one which turned into a foot chase through a Berryville neighborhood.

Caesar Augusto Lopez, 20, is facing a felony charge of fleeing in a vehicle in addition to a host of misdemeanor offenses, including fleeing on foot, driving while intoxicated, reckless driving, purchase or possession by minor, driving left of center and failure to use a turn signal.

According to a probable-cause affidavit filed in the case, at approximately 10:30 p.m. Sunday, March 21, Carroll County Sheriff’s Office deputy Anthony Scotti overheard a transmission from Green Forest police regarding a dark-colored crew-cab pickup that reportedly spun out near County Road 712 before accelerating at a high rate of speed headed westbound on Highway 62 toward Berryville.

A short time later, Scotti, who was traveling east on 62, spotted a vehicle matching the description and clocked the vehicle going 95 mph, the affidavit says.

Scotti attempted to make a traffic stop, but the driver, later identified as Lopez, refused to stop the vehicle, according to the affidavit.

“We continued traveling westbound with speeds reaching over 100 mph,” Scotti wrote in the affidavit. “The vehicle passed several other vehicles, forcing them to the shoulder.”

Other deputies joined the pursuit and the Berryville Police Department deployed spike strips on Highway 62 at the Berryville city limits, the affidavit says. The fleeing vehicle struck the strips and ran off the road into a ditch before continuing north on Hailey Road on its rims, weaving in and out of both lanes of traffic, according to the affidavit.

“Due to the spike strips the vehicle was only traveling at 35 mph going down Hailey Road,” Scotti wrote.

After turning onto Carter Avenue, the vehicle stopped in front of a residence as Lopez attempted to flee on foot behind the house with Scotti close behind, the affidavit says.

“I advised Caesar if he didn’t stop, I would deploy my taser,” Scotti wrote in the affidavit. “Caesar continued and tried scaling a wooden fence between the houses. I deployed my taser, but it didn’t make contact with Caesar. Caesar was trying to get over the fence but was unable to do so.

“Deputy Mike Cardiel arrived, and we were able to assist Caesar off the fence and onto the ground.”

While taking Lopez into custody, Scotti wrote, deputies could smell “a strong odor of intoxicants coming from his person.”

A field sobriety test administered at the Carroll County Detention Center led to a blood alcohol content test, which yielded a result of 0.19, more than twice the legal limit of 0.08 percent, according to the affidavit.

Lopez, who has no prior convictions, was released on a $35,000 bond and ordered to appear in Carroll County Circuit Court on April 19.

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