Eureka Springs man facing charges after high-speed chase

Tuesday, April 20, 2021
Jacob Grunwald

A Eureka Springs man is facing two felonies and a host of other charges after leading police on a high-speed chase through western Carroll County.

Jacob Grunwald, 44, is charged with aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer and felony fleeing, along with three Class A misdemeanors — reckless driving, resisting arrest and driving while intoxicated-drugs — as well as speeding, driving left of center, driving on a suspended license, expired tags, and no insurance after allegedly fleeing a traffic stop at speeds exceeding 80 mph, running several other vehicles off the road and intentionally colliding several times with the pursuing officer’s vehicle.

According to a probable-cause affidavit, at approximately 12:43 p.m. on April 9, Eureka Springs police officer Cpl. Tim Holm spotted a white Nissan Frontier traveling west on Highway 62. Holm recognized Grunwald through the windshield and knew he had a suspended license and multiple warrants.

Holm turned his vehicle around and attempted to make a traffic stop, but Grunwald refused to pull over, instead turning left onto County Road 302 (Rock House Road).

At that point, writes officer Steven Dossett, who prepared the report, Grunwald “took off at full acceleration.”

Holm gave chase, reporting speeds exceeding 80 mph — “Grunwald was using the entire road to get away,”the report states — as well as taking high-speed turns into blind corners and running other vehicles off the roadway in his attempt to escape.

The pursuit continued on CR 302 until the vehicles reached the intersection with CR 329, where Grunwald began driving in circles, “kicking up tons of dirt” in an effort to lose his pursuer.

The attempt proved unsuccessful, and Grunwald took off again, this time on CR 302. With Holm close behind and both vehicles traveling in excess of 60 mph, Grunwald hit the brakes, causing the Holm’s unit to collide with the rear of Grunwald’s truck, the affidavit says.

Once Holm realized he and his vehicle were still operational, Dossett wrote, the officer continued the chase. Grunwald again “brake-checked” Holm, causing a second collision, and then tried the same maneuver a third time.

On the third attempt, Holm was able to avoid the collision and Grunwald’s truck ran off the road on the left side before sliding back to the right. In the midst of the slide, Holm collided with the right side of Grunwald’s truck, forcing it off the right side of the road, where it crashed into a line of trees.

After exiting his crumpled unit, Holm attempted to take Grunwald into custody, but once he began to place handcuffs on Grunwald, Grunwald began actively resisting the arrest, the affidavit says.

At this point, Dossett wrote, Holm “pulled out his Taser 7 and shot Grunwald in the back. The taser had the desired effect and Grunwald stopped resisting.”

At this point, Dossett arrived on scene and called for EMS for Grunwald and Holm. Grunwald was searched for weapons and was placed in Dossett’s patrol car until EMS arrived on scene.

While dealing with Grunwald, Holm reported that “Grunwald’s pupils were constricted and he was acting as if he was coming off of drugs,” and requested the department’s drug recognition expert to be on standby to test Grunwald at the police department.

Grunwald refused treatment at the scene, while Holm was treated for minor scrapes and bruises.

A Carroll County Sheriff’s Office deputy worked the accident scene, and both vehicles were towed from the scene by Johnson’s Towing Service. Holm’s patrol car was ruled a total loss as a result of the pursuit.

Dossett transported Grunwald to the Eureka Springs Police Department, where he refused to be tested for drugs, before being taken to the Carroll County Detention Center for holding.

Bond in the case was set at $100,000. Grunwald was ordered to appear in Carroll County Circuit Court at 9 a.m. Monday, May 24, in Berryville.

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