Newport authorities are looking for a suspect following a Wednesday morning pursuit by Newport Patrol Officer Lindsey Laughter.
The officer spotted a vehicle driving erratically on Cosby Highway at 12:45 a.m., and the officer attempted a traffic stop.
But the driver, later identified as Benjamin Patrick Allison, 27, Phillips Hollow Road, Bybee, entered I-40 westbound where he was clocked at more than 100 miles per hour. Allison exited the interstate at the 432 exit and traveled eastbound on West Highway 25/70. Laughter said the suspect continued to speed through Newport on Broadway, ignoring red lights and he then entered North Street. The auto was pursued onto Highway 160 and eventually to the suspect’s home.
Upon reaching his home, Allison fled on foot, and despite officers bringing a K9 to the scene, Allison could not be found. Two passengers in the vehicle told Laughter they asked Allison numerous times to stop, but he had refused.
Now Allison is being sought on charges of failure to yield for an emergency vehicle, two counts of kidnapping, evading by motor vehicle, speeding, failure to maintain lane, reckless driving, reckless endangerment, failure to obey red lights, fourth offense driving on a revoked license, no insurance, fleeing to evade arrest and a registration violation.