SWAR fugitive captured in Texarkana

SWAR fugitive captured in Texarkana

TEXARKANA, AR (KSLA) - A man who was the center of a manhunt last week in Southwest Arkansas was taken into custody this week.

On Wednesday, Texarkana, Arkansas police arrested 39-year-old Christopher Whistle.

Whistle was wanted on federal charges stemming from a case that was initiated by members of the Bi-State Narcotics Task Force (BSNTF) and the FBI Safe Streets Task Force.

In May 2016, officers with BSNTF and the FBI, assisted by members of various other law enforcement agencies, served warrants in the Texarkana/Miller County area for various charges dealing with the delivery of controlled substance, particularly methamphetamine.

Authorities say Whistle was not located during that warrant roundup and has been in hiding since that time.

Recently, Whistle has been involved in several car chases with authorities, almost all of which were either canceled due to unsafe conditions, or ended in Whistle wrecking and fleeing on foot.

The latest incident was last week when a Little River County sheriff's deputy stopped Whistle's vehicle on Aug. 23 at U.S. Highway 71 at County Road 710. Deputies say that's when Whistle sped away as the officer was approaching his vehicle.

During that chase, Whistle drove to the dead-end on Little River County Road 710, where he bailed out of the vehicle and ran into the woods.

Arkansas State Troopers, FBI agents and Little River County deputies, along with K9s combed the area, even from the air, looking for Whistle, but were unsuccessful.

Members of BSNTF and the FBI say they have had Whistle under surveillance for several days and when an opportunity arose, he was taken into custody without incident.

Whistle was arrested in the parking lot of EZ Mart in the 3200 block of East 9th Street.

He was booked into the Bi-State Jail.

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