High-speed pursuit ends with guns, marijuana allegedly located in vehicle

A Garland County Sheriff's Department patrol unit. (The Sentinel-Record/File photo)
A Garland County Sheriff's Department patrol unit. (The Sentinel-Record/File photo)

A Bonnerdale man arrested early Wednesday following an alleged high-speed pursuit was soon facing other felony charges after multiple guns, including a stolen one, and marijuana were reportedly found in his possession.

Mark Alan Hill, 31, who lists a South Pearcy Road address, was taken into custody shortly before 12:30 a.m. and charged with simultaneous possession of drugs and firearms, punishable by up to life in prison, and felony fleeing in a vehicle, possession of a controlled substance, marijuana, with purpose to deliver, and theft by receiving of a firearm, each punishable by up to six years.

Hill, who lists no prior felony history, was also cited for driving on a suspended driver's license, speeding 15 mph over the limit and careless and prohibited driving. He was being held on a zero bond and was set to appear Wednesday in Garland County District Court.

According to the probable cause affidavit, shortly after midnight, Garland County sheriff's Cpl. Alex Hollaway was westbound on Albert Pike Road near its intersection with Crystal Hill Road when he saw a white Ford Crown Victoria headed eastbound at a high rate of speed.

After reportedly using his mobile radar to confirm the vehicle was traveling 72 mph in a 40 mph zone, he turned around on it and initiated his lights to make a traffic stop. At that point, the Ford allegedly accelerated and continued inbound.

As he got closer he noted the vehicle continued to accelerate and would not pull over. Hollaway initiated his siren near the Mountain Pine Road junction, but the driver still continued "at high speeds" without stopping.

The vehicle reportedly took the curve at Albert Pike and Bayou Point at high speed, causing the car to "fishtail" before the driver regained control and continued to the King Expressway, where it headed eastbound.

The vehicle continued to accelerate, but then lost control at one point with the rear of the vehicle sliding. The car slowed to about 25 mph and then finally pulled over on the shoulder where Holloway made a felony traffic stop.

The driver, identified as Hill, exited the vehicle without incident and was detained. In searching him, the deputy allegedly found a loaded 9-mm handgun in his vest pocket. The handgun was later determined to have been reported stolen.

In searching the vehicle, two more handguns were reportedly found in the center console with loaded magazines and an AR-15 style rifle was located in the front seat. Numerous other magazines and ammunition were also found in the front seat.

During further inventory of the vehicle, numerous packages of suspected marijuana were located in the front seat along with multiple empty plastic baggies with "Playboy bunny" emblems on them and "multiple other paraphernalia items."

Hill was reportedly found to have an expired medical marijuana card and $600 in cash in his wallet. After being read his rights, he reportedly refused to acknowledge any of the items found, so he was not asked additional questions.

The drugs and firearms were seized and it was determined the total amount of marijuana found was 34.2 grams.

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