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Shots fired as car chases big rig on Texarkana highway

Police are investigating a shooting/chase that happened Monday night on a Texarkana highway. Police are investigating a shooting/chase that happened Monday night on a Texarkana highway.
TEXARKANA, AR (KSLA) -

Two men are in jail after police say they chased and shot at an 18-wheeler on a Texarkana highway Monday night.

The incident happened just after 9 p.m. Monday. Four Texarkana-area law enforcement agencies were called to Hwy. 71 in relation to shots being fired.

"It was a lot of shooting going on and glass was flying into my car," said Shauner Booker. She said her drive from Ashdown to Texarkana Monday night was far from normal.

"I called the dispatcher because I was trying to pass the diesel but he wouldn't let me pass and that is when all that shooting and stuff was going on so I slowed down."

Shortly after that 911 call, police pulled over and arrested Stevon Williams, 29 of Saratoga, Arkansas, and Markel Sims, 19 of Texarkana, for allegedly chasing an 18-wheeler and firing shots at the big rig.

One of the men said police pulled them over for "some unnecessary bulls---" and "you will hear about it, you will hear about it man."

A spokeswoman for the Texarkana, Ark. police department said the incident began in the parking lot of a North Stateline Avenue business. Police said the truck driver told them he was a victim of an attempted robbery, but those he is accusing say the driver assaulted a 14-year-old after she refused his sexual advances.

"Yes, my daughters came home," said Charlene Johnson. "They had sprayed him with Mace. They were burning because Mace got over the car.

"I went hysterical," she said. "I jumped in the car and went over there and my roommate was on the phone calling police while we were on our way over there."

Johnson said when she arrived at the parking lot the truck was still there and she tried to block the truck before it could leave, but was not successful. She said at some point her son joined her in the chase in another vehicle and was later arrested for allegedly firing the shots.

"I didn't know what was going on and I could have gotten hurt trying to pass a diesel and they were shooting and stuff," Booker said.

Texarkana, Arkansas police are taking the lead in trying to determine if the incident started off as a robbery or assault.

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