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Van Buren man arrested following pursuit

A Van Buren man was arrested Thursday after failing to steal a boat from a backyard and fleeing police.

Dustin Bill Jones, 34, was arrested on suspicion of fleeing in a vehicle, reckless driving, theft of property and driving on a suspended license. Jones also had two warrants out for his arrest.

Van Buren Police officers were called to a residential neighborhood in the 2100 block of Taft Street Thursday morning at about 8:30 a.m. in reference to a theft in progress.

According to police, the suspect was attempting to steal a boat from the back yard of the home when officers arrived. The officers spotted the suspect’s vehicle, a black Ford F-150, leaving the scene.

Police attempted to stop the vehicle, but were led on a brief pursuit. The suspect then exited the vehicle and fled on foot in the area of 9th and Jefferson streets. Officers chased the suspect on foot before losing sight of him.

With help from the Crawford County Sheriff’s Office, Van Buren police set up a perimeter and were able to locate the suspect hiding under a house at 914 Main Street, but he refused to comply with police demands.

After a brief negotiation, the suspect eventually came out and was placed under arrest.

Jones was booked into the Crawford County Detention Center with no bond.

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