84 Year Prison Sentence for Felony Cocaine Arrest by DTF & 90 MPH PursuitJune 21st, 2010 by Joe Burgess
Scales was sentenced to 80 years on the cocaine charge, and 4 years on the fleeing charge. The jury recommended the charges run consecutive, for a total of 84. Scales will not be eligible for parole for approximately 21 years.
Scales, according to the court, has 6 previous felony convictions, ranging from drug charges, to possesssion of firearms, to theft of property.
It was also noted during the trial that Scales had incurred around $7,000 in rental car expenses.
Posted October 7, 2009
Felony Drug Arrest by DTF after 90 MPH Pursuit
An investigation by the 10th Drug Task Force has led to the arrest of a Dermott man for felony drug charges. The investigation is being called a ‘very significant blow to cocaine trafficking in Chicot and Drew Counties’.
According to Lt. Jason Akers of the Tenth Drug Task Force, Agents attempted a traffic stop on a rental car driven by Rodney Scales, age 35. As Agents attempted to stop the vehicle, Scales led the Agents in a 90 mile per hour pursuit on Highway 278 near the Drew/ Chicot County line to the Selma- Collins Road. Once on Selma- Collins, Scales continued to flee north several miles, causing agents to narrowly miss log trucks and road graders that were not readily visible due to the dust on the road from Scales vehicle. Agents say Scales travelled at speeds in excess of 60 miles per hour on the curvy gravel road.
During the pursuit, Scales was seen throwing a large white object out of the passenger side window. Task Force Agents alertly marked the location and later recovered the item, which was a bag that contained what was represented to be over three ounces of cocaine.
Scales was only apprehended after Task Force Agents boxed his vehicle in and ordered Scales to stop his vehicle at gunpoint.
Scales was charged with possession of cocaine with the intent to deliver and fleeing. He received a bond of $150,000 which he has since posted.
According to Akers, ‘the pursuit and the takedown of the suspect’s vehicle was performed flawlessly by the agents with no innocent people, the suspect or the Agents being injured. The Agents did an outstanding job under extremely adverse circumstances. Had the pursuit continued, someone may have very well been injured and we weren’t going to allow that to happen.’