JONESBORO — A Wynne man is being held on a $100,000 cash bond as authorities suspect him of driving recklessly, causing the death of a woman and injuries to himself and three others.
Devonte Stanback, 28, fled Friday from a Brookland police officer after a traffic stop was initiated along U.S. 49 for running a red light, according to the probable cause affidavit. As he entered Jonesboro, state police took over the chase and noted that Stanback reached speeds exceeding 100 mph.
Before turning onto Harrisburg Road, Stanback “appeared to have turned off (his) lights during the attempt to elude pursuing officers,” the affidavit read.
A witness reported that they saw Stanback throw a bag from the vehicle at the intersection of Aggie Road and Red Wolf Blvd., it states. The Arkansas State University Police Department recovered the bag, which contained 4 pounds of marijuana.
Traveling northbound on Harrisburg, the 2020 Toyota Highlander left the east side of the road, traveled up a ditch embankment, hit a light pole and brick fence, according to Arkansas State Police.
“(The vehicle) went airborne colliding with an apartment complex. (It) came to final rest facing east in the yard of the apartment complex” in the 3800 block of Harrisburg Road, the ASP preliminary crash summary read.
Julianna Valle, 21, of Farmington, died in the accident, records show. Darian Nauden, 24, of Conway, “sustained significant injuries and required hospitalization and a juvenile male under the age of 12 sustained life-threatening injuries as a result of the collision.”
A second minor was reportedly injured, but was not mentioned in the probable cause affidavit. According to the ASP preliminary summary, the injured parties, including Stanback, were treated at St. Bernards Medical Center.
District Court Judge Tommy Fowler found probable cause Wednesday to charge Stanback with manslaughter, second-degree battery injuring a person 12 years or younger, possession of marijuana with the purpose to deliver, second-degree battery causing injury, tampering with physical evidence, fleeing in a vehicle, two counts of first-degree endangering the welfare of a minor and failure to obey a traffic control device.
In an attempt to get his bond reduced, Stanback’s Fayetteville-based attorney B.C. Pickett said that one of the injured minors is a relative of the suspect. Fowler denied Pickett’s request.
Stanback is scheduled to appear at 8:30 a.m. Feb. 26 at the Craighead County Courthouse, 511 S. Main St., Jonesboro.