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Running red light leads to more running, then arrest

Last weekend was one of those weekends cops love or hate because the full moon brought out a world of characters including two runners that police tracked like a bloodhound tracks its prey.

Anthony T. Taylor, 50, of Cordova, Tenn. was arrested and charged with fleeing and running a red light after officer Andrew Garber said he saw Taylor’s Ford Focus drive into the median and run two red lights on Maumelle Boulevard around 2:18 a.m. on Saturday March 30.

When Garber tried to do a traffic stop, he said the Ford accelerate quickly and attempt to outrun him but instead the drive abandoned the car in the middle of Montpellier Drive, get out and take off on foot.

Garber said he alerted dispatch and stayed on the scene with a female passenger, Jajuan M. Mitchell, 45, of Stone Mountain, Ga.

Garber said Mitchell told officers Taylor told her, “I am going to run this light because the cops are right there.”

She also said she’d only known Mitchell for the past two months and got to know him because he is transferring into Little Rock to work at Verizon Wireless.

Several Maumelle officers responded and set up a perimeter around town to prevent him escaping. Chief Sam Williams was one of them and he said he saw the man riding as a passenger in a grey pickup truck, cross Maumelle Boulevard and run from the truck into Kroger’s.

Williams quickly apprehended Taylor inside the Kroger store. After Taylor was booked on his Maumelle charges he was transferred to North Little Rock because he had an outstanding warrant for failure to appear in court.

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