Brookfield police confirmed, Wednesday morning, that 29-year-old Jason Bentley, who is suspected of leading police on a high-speed chase through a middle school track meet in Brookfield last month, was apprehended on Tuesday in Blytheville, Arkansas, by the FBI.
According to Brookfield Police Lt. Edward Petrak, the FBI Regional Task Force tracked Bentley to a hotel in Blytheville, which is about 60 miles north of Memphis, Tennessee, and just south of the Missouri border.
Petrak said Bentley and his girlfriend had been staying at the hotel for “a while,” and that the FBI was able to trace a couple of cellphone calls to the area. Bentley is being held at the Mississippi County Detention Center in Luxora, Arkansas.
If he waives extradition, said Petrak, Bentley could be in Brookfield custody by Friday. Bentley’s girlfriend was not detained by the FBI. Brookfield police had interviewed the woman shortly after the April 15 incident in which Bentley allegedly fled from police and drove through a track meet that was taking place in the parking lot of S.E. Gross Middle School.
Adults and children alike had to run away to avoid being struck by the Hyundai that Bentley was driving, according to witness reports. Bentley was able to elude capture at that time.
Police traced the vehicle to a woman who lived in the McKinley Park neighborhood of Chicago. She initially told police she didn’t know the man who was driving the car very well and said she couldn’t provide his last name.
But police reported recovering an employment application and a Michigan driver’s license inside the car, both of which police linked to Bentley.
Bentley is wanted for jumping bail in Florida in 2011. In 2010, he had been charged in Osceola County, Florida, with two counts of illegal drug trafficking. In April 2011, he pleaded guilty to one of the counts and was to be sentenced that August. However, he failed to show up to his sentencing hearing, according to Florida court records.
In September 2012, Bentley was arrested for criminal impersonation in Dyersburg, Tennessee, which is about 20 miles from Blytheville, Arkansas, east of the Mississippi River.
However, Bentley wasn’t extradited to Florida at that time, and by January 2013 he was out of jail.