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Parole violator leads deputy on car chase, arrested for theft and possession of drugs

Authorities say a man who failed to stop at a stop sign is now behind bars after leading a deputy on a lengthy chase. (Pulaski County Sheriff's Office)

Authorities say a man who failed to stop at a stop sign is now behind bars after leading a deputy on a lengthy chase.

Deputy Thomas with the Pulaski County Sheriff's Office said he observed a white vehicle, driven by a man later identified as Gilbert Deleon, traveling southbound on Batesville Pike. The vehicle failed to stop at a stop sign at the intersection of Batesville Pike and Jacksonville Cato and then accelerated quickly.

Thomas said he turned on his emergency lights to initiate a traffic stop, however, the vehicle failed to do so. Soon after the car made a sharp left turn onto Wincrest Drive, where Deleon stopped and fled on foot.

Deputy Thomas said Deleon eventually stopped and surrendered in front of a residence on Wincrest Drive.

During his arrest, Deleon mentioned he had a parole warrant. After further investigation, it was confirmed that Deleon had an active warrant and the vehicle he was driving was stolen.

Police said after searching the vehicle, they located a black pouch with Deleon's ID as well as a small knife, two syringes, and a glass tube containing an unmeasured amount of what is believed to have been meth.

Deleon is facing multiple charges, including fleeing, theft by receiving, possession of meth, and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was also given a citation and charged with fictitious tags and driving on a suspended driver's license.


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