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Homeless man lead police on chase after stealing his own vehicle from impound lot

Monday, November 7, 2022 - A felony arrest warrant was issued Oct. 24 for a homeless man charged with the unauthorized use of a vehicle and endangering others while attempting to elude police officers.

Matthew Cahill, 31, could face up to two years in the Department of Corrections if he is convicted on the vehicle charge and up to one year in prison and a fine of up to $5,000 on the eluding charge if he is convicted.

On Oct. 10, a Roland police officer was told to be on the lookout for a white Ford van with Colorado license plates that was taken from an impound lot. The officer soon spotted the van traveling southbound on Roland Road directly in front of the Roland Police Department.

The officer began following the van, which turned onto Interstate 40 eastbound and accelerated.

Arkansas State Police was contacted to intercept the pursuit.

The van reached speeds up to 90 mph during the chase, and near mile marker 329, it passed a semi and an SUV on the right shoulder.

Once the van turned onto Interstate 540 in Arkansas, ASP took over the chase. Cahill, the owner of the van, was arrested shortly afterward. He had been released from the Roland Police Department earlier for driving under suspension.

Lindsie Dyer, Staff Writer

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