SALINE COUNTY (KATV) - Authorities say they now have a patient in custody who walked away from a treatment facility, but not before he allegedly kidnapped his own mother and led police on a high-speed chase through two counties.
Sheriff Bruce Pennington said 911 dispatchers received a call from a friend of Carlton Johnston's mother who told them that Johnston was holding his mother hostage in her home.
As deputies headed out to the house, they also received a 911 phone call from Johnston who allegedly instructed them to back off. At some point Johnston allegedly forced his mother into a vehicle, and the high-speed chase began.
Saline county deputies chased Johnston through the county and on two interstates. They reached speeds of up to 90 miles per hour. When he got to Little Rock, Johnston allegedly caused an accident over on Woodrow Street. Deputies cornered him on 7th and Johnson Street. That's when Johnston allegedly ran to his vehicle into a sheriff deputy's truck. He then reportedly sideswiped a Little Rock Police Officers patrol car, and backed into another sheriff deputy's vehicle before stopping. Johnston's mother, who is in her 70's, was in the car the whole time.
"He just wouldn't release her. I don't know. I don't have the particulars really if he threatened to harm her in any way. We did find the baseball bat that was that he retrieved from the back floorboard area and sitting right there beside the drivers seat. He had no intentions of stopping," said Pennington.
While Sheriff Pennington said Johnston walked away from a State Hospital treatment facility, a spokesperson for the Arkansas State Hospital said he was never a patient there.
Johnston is expected to face several felony charges out of Saline County and could potentially face additional charges by the Arkansas State Police and Little Rock.