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More information released in Bauxite high speed chase

BAUXITE, Ark. (KTHV) -- Police have released more information on the two suspects who led police on a high speed chase that ended in a crash at Bauxite High School.

The suspects are David Blaney, 46, of Macon and Mandy Daniel, 35, of Gravel Ridge.

It all started Sept. 12 when Little Rock police were called out to an area on Young Road after a witness called saying he saw a white male inside of a fenced-in area, cutting and stealing copper wiring at a cell tower. The witness stayed on the phone with police until officers arrived.

When police arrived they tried to talk with the driver and passenger of a red Dodge pickup at the cell tower, but they fled the scene.

A vehicle pursuit started and went into the Saline County/Bauxite area. The vehicle crashed behind Bauxite High School, and then the white male driver and white female passenger fled on foot.

After an extended search, neither suspect was found.

Later that evening, LRPD got a call from the Bryant Police Dept. telling them they had a white man and woman in custody. LRPD went to the jail and took custody of Blaney and Daniel and took them to the Little Rock Detective Division.

Blaney told police he cut the lock on the fence of the cell tower, entered the fenced-in area and then started to cut the wiring so that he could steal the copper. He told police he used bolt cutters and was able to get approximately 30 feet of wire that he put into the bed of the truck. He then said he got into the driver's seat of the pickup and fled once police arrived.

Blaney said his girlfriend Mandy Daniel, was the one who dropped him off, and was the one who drove back to pick him up, but he was the one driving when they fled police. He says Daniel had no knowledge of what he was doing or what he did exactly.

When Daniel talked to police she told them that her boyfriend Blaney told her to drive the truck around the area where the cell tower was, then told her to come back in 10 minutes and get him. Daniel said when she returned to get Blaney, he got into the driver's seat and fled from police. Daniel said once they wrecked the truck she got out and ran with Blaney.

Daniel was released without charges from Little Rock Police, but she was released into the custody of the Bryant Police Department where they had a hold on her.

Blaney was charged with breaking or entering, theft of property, damaging wires of a power company, reckless driving, driving on a suspended driver's license and fleeing. He was transported to the Pulaski County Jail.

(Source: Little Rock Police Dept.)


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