Pursuit ends in head-on collision, multiple charges for Alpena man

Tuesday, December 22, 2020
Ian Moran

By Scott Loftis

and Samantha Jones


An Alpena man is facing a lengthy list of charges including attempted capital murder of a law enforcement officer after allegedly leading officers on a vehicle pursuit that ended in a head-on collision in Eureka Springs on Wednesday, Dec. 16.

Ian Scott Moran, 28, was booked into the Carroll County Detention Center on Dec. 17.

He appeared before Carroll County District Judge Dale Ramsey on Friday, Dec. 18. Ramsey found probable cause to charge Moran with attempted capital murder of a law enforcement officer; fleeing; aggravated assault; first-degree battery; second-degree battery; failure to appear on aggravated assault, fleeing, possession of methamphetamine and other charges; theft by receiving; possession of a body art instrument; driving left of center; driving on a suspended license due to DWI; reckless driving; no proof of liability insurance; fictitious vehicle license; no proof of ownership, littering; defective equipment; failure to use a turn signal; failure to stop or yield; no seat belt; speeding; and improper display of license plate.

Ramsey set Moran’s bond at $750,000 and ordered him to appear at 9 a.m. Monday, Jan. 25, in Carroll County Circuit Court in Berryville.

According to a probable-cause affidavit written by Deputy Austin Kennedy of the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office, the incident began at 8:54 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 16, when Kennedy noticed a Chevrolet Trailblazer with an obstructed license plate traveling eastbound on West Van Buren Street in Eureka Springs.

The vehicle matched the description of a vehicle that had been reported stolen earlier that night, according to Kennedy’s affidavit, with Moran being identified as a suspect.

Kennedy turned on his emergency lights to initiate a traffic stop, the affidavit says, but the Trailblazer did not stop. Instead, the Trailblazer continued toward East Van Buren and then turned onto Arkansas Highway 23 South toward Madison County. The Trailblazer drifted into the northbound lane and nearly struck an oncoming vehicle before swerving back to the southbound lane. The Trailblazer reached a speed of 60 mph before crossing into Madison County, where it veered into the northbound lane several times and sped up to more than 80 mph.

As the Trailblazer approached the intersection with Arkansas Highway 12, it turned into a convenience store parking lot, the affidavit says, and struck Kennedy’s patrol unit on the front right side. The driver then attempted to turn the Trailblazer around and it came to a position facing Kennedy’s patrol unit. Kennedy advised dispatch that the driver of the Trailblazer rammed his patrol unit. Kennedy writes that he was able to see the driver of the Trailblazer and he had a large tattoo on the front of his neck, matching a tattoo that Moran has.

The Trailblazer then turned westbound on Highway 12, back toward Highway 23, disregarded a stop sign and turned back onto Highway 23 northbound toward Eureka Springs, the affidavit says. The Trailblazer continually crossed the center line, according to the affidavit, and narrowly missed colliding with a vehicle parked on the side of the highway. Approaching East Van Buren, the Trailblazer swerved toward a Eureka Springs police officer who was standing outside his patrol car with the car’s emergency lights activated, the affidavit says, and the officer barely escaping from the Trailblazer’s path. The Trailblazer then swerved toward vehicles that were pulled off the right side of the northbound lane of Highway 23, according to the affidavit, before turning right onto East Van Buren at speeds reaching 60 mph. Weaving in and out of the eastbound and westbound lanes, the Trailblazer struck an oncoming GMC Acadia head-on, the affidavit says, before coming to rest off the west side of the westbound lane. Kennedy pulled Moran from the Trailblazer and placed him under arrest.

Emergency medical personnel advised Kennedy that Moran should be taken to Eureka Springs Hospital, the affidavit says, and he was transported there by ambulance. After being cleared for release from the hospital, Moran was transported to the Carroll County Detention Center in Berryville. He was still being held there Monday afternoon.

Eureka Springs police chief Brian Young said Eureka Springs officers worked the accident after the collision.

“Everyone was OK,” Young said. “EMS checked everyone out.”

Young said it’s important for all law enforcement agencies to work together.

“We all work together for the same goal. We all have the goal to protect our community,” Young said. “We all serve the same community, so we all have the same goal.”

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