The incident occurred on Thursday about 1:30 AM when Deputy Braden attempted to stop a vehicle operated by Samuel Vincent. He notified dispatch of his attempt to stop Vincent’s vehicle, a Dodge Charger, then said that the driver was fleeing, according to Arkansas Online.
The pursuit lasted about four miles on Barkada Road, and court records said that Vincent was traveling at a high rate of speed, and at one point turned onto Wells Lane, ending up in someone’s front yard. He then backed out of the yard, and fled again.
A state police report said that a short time later, both Vincent and Deputy Braden “simultaneously” lost control of their vehicles.
Both vehicles left the roadway, struck a tree and then a power pole. A second, unidentified Drew County deputy arrived on scene seconds later, and observed Deputy Braden still in his cruiser, unresponsive.
Deputy Braden was transported to Drew Memorial Hospital in Monticello, where he was pronounced dead at 3 AM.
Vincent was also transported to Drew Memorial Hospital. The extent of his injuries are unknown.
Police found a camouflage bag in Vincent’s vehicle that contained marijuana, scales, and $3,980 in cash. They also found a backpack that had a folding knife and $129 in cash. He has been arrested and is pending trial on charges of first-degree murder, fleeing, possession of marijuana with the purpose to deliver, and possession of drug paraphernalia. His bond was set at $200,000.
During an interview with a state police special agent, Vincent told him that he was on his way home and “panicked” when he saw blue lights behind him.
He said that he had been smoking marijuana earlier that night, and there was marijuana in his car. When the agent asked him what he threw out of the car during the pursuit, Vincent refused to answer any further questions, and said he wanted an attorney.
The Drew County Sheriff’s Office announced Deputy Braden’s death on its website, which said:
“It is with a heavy heart that the Drew County Sheriff’s Department announces the passing of one of their own, Deputy Timothy Braden, 29. He was killed this morning in the line of duty following a motor vehicle pursuit that ended in a crash just outside of Monticello along Barkada Road.
He leaves behind a wife, Alyssa and four children, Drake, Mallory, Adilynn and Sophie. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Braden family during this very difficult time.”
Deputy Braden had served with the Drew County Sheriff’s Office for six months, and had previously served with the McGehee Police Department for three years. He is survived by his wife and four children.
Our thoughts and prayers are with Drew County Deputy Sheriff Timothy Braden. Godspeed, sir, we will take the watch from here. Thank you for your service.