Suspect in custody after barricade situation on I-40

Published: Apr. 6, 2022 at 7:36 PM CDT|Updated: Apr. 7, 2022 at 9:23 AM CDT
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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - The suspect involved in a barricade situation on I-40 Wednesday is now in custody and facing a number of charges including driving while under the influence.

Crittenden County Sheriff Mike Allen says the suspect, Charles Ray Skinner of Lebanon, Tennesee was arrested after he refused to get out of the vehicle during a traffic stop.

Law enforcement agencies shut down I-40 in both directions in West Memphis, Arkansas, due to the barricade situation near 7th Street and Ingram Boulevard where officers attempted the traffic stop.

ASP says they received calls around 6:40 p.m. saying a car was parking in the westbound lanes causing traffic to be blocked.

Skinner was allegedly armed with a pistol and accused of pointing the gun at drivers who had exited their vehicles following a minor traffic crash.

ASP says troopers requested an armored vehicle from Crittenden County to direct irritant gas into the car, causing Skinner to exit his vehicle. I-40 reopened around 8:30 p.m.

He is charged with disorderly conduct, obstructing governmental operations, aggravated assault, resisting arrest, carrying a weapon, DWI, refusal to submit, disregarding a police officer, improperly parked on a highway and a seat belt violation.

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