Exeter police vehicle damaged in chase

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Traffic stop leads to warrant arrest

The city of Exeter's police vehicle was damaged on Friday following a chase where the suspect was arrested for a warrant.

Kenen Martinez, Exeter police chief, said following a traffic stop at Washburn Street, the department was involved in a foot and vehicle chase.

While investigating the three occupants of the vehicle's driving statuses and wanted status, the driver, identified as Jeffrey Wayne Sharp, of Rocky Comfort, was advised to place his hands behind his back for arrest on an outstanding felony warrant out of Carroll County, Ark. Sharp allegedly fled on foot towards the Arc Shop on Enterprise Street. Martinez immediately gave foot pursuit.

The passenger then got into the driver's seat and took off at a high rate of speed down Cass Avenue. Back in the vehicle, the Martinez gave vehicle pursuit.

The fleeing vehicle did attempt to strike the Exeter patrol car, and it also struck a uninvolved vehicle. During the course of the pursuit, the Exeter Police Department's 2009 Dodge Charger was moderately damaged.

"Because of the damage to City property, the police department felt it important and in the public interest to release this information to be completely transparent," Martinez said. "There is no threat to the Exeter Community and driver of the vehicle is known. A probable cause statement will be filed against Mr. Sharp and against the passenger, whom will not be named at this time. Additionally due to use of force during this pursuit, a request for a review of the use of force will be submitted to an outside independent agency."

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