PINE BLUFF, Ark. – A local man has been arrested after officials say he managed to evade at least three law enforcement agencies.
Paul Weeks, 23, was originally being sought by the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO) in connection with multiple counts of theft of property, fleeing, and theft by receiving, stemming from an incident on Sept. 28. Weeks managed to escape from Pine Bluff Police, Arkansas Community Correction (ACC) SRT Fugitive Task Force and the JCSO on several occasions.
Weeks was spotted near Hazel St. and Ridgeway Rd. driving a pickup truck around 9 a.m. Thursday. According to a released statement, authorities gave pursuit, but Weeks managed to escape law enforcement. Weeks then abandoned the truck at Skyline Drive. Arkansas Community Correction K-9’s were requested by JCSO and arrived on the scene. K-9’s tracked Weeks to a nearby wooded area but Weeks managed to escape again. Weeks then entered onto the property of a residence on Ryburn Rd., where he was witnessed stealing the residents tractor. After a brief chase, Weeks abandoned the tractor and again fled on foot.
Arkansas State Police helicopter “Air 4” arrived to the scene to assist with an aerial search. Authorities contacted the Metropolitan Emergency Communications Association (MECA) to request a reverse 911 for area residents to be on the lookout for Weeks. A phone call from a citizen led authorities to an area near Oak Ridge Rd., where Weeks was spotted by Air 4. Air 4's pilot hovered over, while Weeks was taken into custody by authorities on the ground.
Week was transported to the W.C. “Dub” Brassell Adult Detention Center, where he is currently being held on probable cause for multiple felony charges in addition to a warrant issued by ACC for absconder.
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