A high speed chase that started in Crossett ended after the suspects crashed a stolen car in Union County, fled on foot and were apprehended heading back into Ashley County in a second vehicle.

One of the suspects, Laquan Paskel, was charged with two counts fleeing by foot, theft by receiving, fleeing in a vehicle, failure to stop, speeding, reckless driving, failure to obey a police officer-traffic, possession of a controlled substance, leaving the scene of an accident, carrying a weapon, no driver’s license, contributing to the delinquency of a minor, endangering the welfare of a minor and criminal use of a prohibited weapon following the incident.

The second suspect, a juvenile, was not charged.

The chase began when the Crossett Police Department received a call Oct. 11 that two men were pointing and waving guns in the area of Eighth Avenue and Kentucky Avenue, a news release from the CPD said.

When officers arrived, they could not locate the men, but a second caller told the police dispatcher that a blue Honda was driving down Parkway Drive at a high rate of speed.

When the officers tried to initiate a traffic stop, the driver did not yield and allegedly fled for 25 miles along U.S. 82, a chase that ended when the vehicle struck a utility pole outside Strong.

The two suspects then fled on foot.

CPD officers and Union County law enforcement were unable to locate the suspects, but later received a call that two men matching the suspects’ description were heading east on U.S. 82 — toward Crossett from Strong — in a green and black Camero.

When officers attempted to stop the Camero, the two suspects again fled on foot, though that time they were captured.

During the course of the investigation, CPD officers determined the Honda had been stolen from Hot Springs.

Paskel remained in custody at the Ashley County Detention Center Tuesday evening.

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