White Plains father, son arrested after pursuits, standoff

A White Plains father and son who led police on separate vehicle pursuits in Hopkins County Tuesday night were arrested Tuesday evening, with the father allegedly engaging officers in a standoff at his home.

Officers stopped 27-year old Tyler Ward of White Plains following a high speed pursuit of his motorcycle on Old Nortonville-White Plains Road. A computer check showed he had a suspended license and officers were awaiting a tow truck when his father—56-year old Jeffery Ward—arrived.

Jeffery Ward reportedly told police he was taking his motorcycle home and shoved an officer in an attempt to take it.

He engaged officers in a physical altercation and then made his way to his automobile, where he brandished a handgun. He refused verbal commands to exit and then fled, nearly running officers over.

A vehicle pursuit was terminated due to Ward placing the public in danger, but he was soon located at his home on Old Nortonville-White Plains Road.

A news release says he told police that, “Y’all better have a lot of ammo,” and that he refused to let four other people in the house exit. The standoff ended about an hour later when he came outside, but he allegedly tried to disarm two officers as they placed him under arrest.

He was eventually taken into custody and charged with wanton endangerment, assault of a police officer, fleeing or evading police, four counts of unlawful imprisonment, attempted disarming of a police officer and resisting arrest.