A Little Rock felon on parole who fled from a Garland County sheriff's deputy last year and led authorities on a high-speed pursuit across three counties pleaded guilty Monday in Garland County Circuit Court.
Michael Lynn Grayson, 36, pleaded guilty to felony fleeing and was sentenced to six years in prison, with all of it suspended, fined $1,000 and ordered to pay $490 in court costs, while additional counts of speeding, reckless driving, careless and prohibited driving, improper lane usage and failure to maintain control were withdrawn.
According to court records, Grayson was convicted of possession of meth or cocaine with purpose to deliver on July 17, 2017, in Stuttgart and sentenced to nine years in prison, but was later paroled. On July 18, 2020, in Pulaski County, he was arrested for possession of meth with purpose to deliver, possession of marijuana with purpose to deliver and possession of drug paraphernalia and later released on $20,000 bond. He is set to stand trial on those charges on Dec. 16.
According to the probable cause affidavit on the fleeing charge, on Oct. 3, shortly before 2 a.m., Deputy Darrell Harmon made a traffic stop on a Hyundai Elantra on East Grand Avenue for going 79 mph in a 60 mph zone.
The Elantra pulled over on the side of the road and Harmon was walking over to the driver's side window when he saw the brake lights come on and then the driver, later identified as Grayson, made a U-turn and headed back the opposite way on East Grand, headed outbound.
Harmon ran back to his unit and began a pursuit of the vehicle and was soon joined by Sgt. Josh Cannon. The pursuit continued past the rest area and into Saline County with the suspect vehicle reaching speeds in excess of 100 mph "with extreme indifference to the value of human life."
The Elantra "weaved in and out of vehicles on the highway" and on multiple occasions "other vehicles had to swerve to get out of the way." Grayson also slammed on his brakes repeatedly to avoid hitting other vehicles.
The pursuit continued into Pulaski County, with speeds still in excess of 100 mph, as multiple Arkansas State Police units took over the lead on the chase. Just before Exit 133 on Interstate 30, the vehicle stopped on a bridge and troopers were able to get Grayson out of the vehicle and into custody without further incident.
Grayson was initially held on a $10,000 bond and pleaded not guilty to charges on Dec. 14. He was released on a $5,000 bond on Jan. 26 and the case was continued several times before being set for a disposition hearing on Monday.