Police: Newport man hit 115 mph fleeing police

     A suspect fleeing police over the weekend hit speeds estimated to be about 115mph as he hit Interstate 40 in an escape attempt.

   Early Saturday morning, Newport police first tried to stop 40 year old Matt Douglas, for speeding as he entered eastbound I-40 at the 432 mile marker interchange. Douglas stopped on the entrance ramp, identified himself as Ronnie Douglas but said he didn’t have his drivers license with him. And he then sped away eastbound on the interstate.

  Douglas -a Newport native – passed several cars on the shoulder of the roadway, at speeds in excess of 100 miles per hour. They saw a passenger in the car throw out a black box from a window. The suspect finally stopped at the 436 mile marker, but he fought with four officers, as they tried to handcuff him.

  Douglas was jailed on charges of possession of clonazepam, DUI, driving on a revoked license, resisting arrest, speeding, assault, reckless endangerment, failure to exercise due care, fleeing to evade arrest by motor vehicle, kidnapping, possession of drug paraphernalia, tampering with evidence and criminal impersonation.

  A passenger, 38 year old Thomas Black, of Hartford, Black was jailed on charges of unlawful drug paraphernalia possession and tampering with evidence.