Trucker Facing Charges After Five-Hour Armed Standoff at Arkansas Weigh Station
Hope, AR – A 33-year-old trucker was arrested on Thursday following a five hour armed stand-off at an Arkansas weigh station.
According to a release from the Arkansas State Police (ASP), Flores Reynaldo, of Progreso, TX, was traveling along Interstate 30 when he stopped at the weigh station around 9:15 a.m.
During a routine inspection, officers with the Arkansas Highway Police (AHP) discovered Reynaldo was wanted in Texas on outstanding felony criminal charges.
Officials did not specify exactly what the outstanding charges were.
When AHP officers attempted to take Reynaldo into custody, authorities said he “fled” to his semi-truck and barricaded himself inside the sleeper berth.
State troopers were called to the scene to assist, as well as local law enforcement and SWAT and negotiation teams.
During the course of the standoff, officials said Reynaldo pointed “a gun at one of the officers.”
It was determined the suspect had two handguns with him inside the big rig.
After approximately five hours, Reynaldo surrendered to police without further incident.
He was taken into custody at approximately 2:15 p.m. and is charged with aggravated assault and possession of firearm.
He is currently being held at the Hempstead County Detention Center (HCDC) in Hope.
A bond and court hearing has not yet been set, according to HCDC’s website.
No injuries were reported.