Man charged with aggravated assault, resisting arrest after I-40 barricade shuts down interstate

WEST MEMPHIS, Ark. — A man is behind bars after a barricade situation completely shut down I-40 in West Memphis Wednesday night, according to the West Memphis Police Department.

According to Arkansas State Police, a man was arrested after the two-hour standoff.

Police pulled the man over near the 7th Street exit in West Memphis around 7:45 p.m. but he refused to get out of the car, leading to the barricade situation that closed down the major interstate, WMPD said.

The situation left cars and trucks piled up along I-40 for miles in both directions as authorities closed both sides of the interstate.

The driver was said to be armed with a pistol and had pointed the gun at drivers who had exited their vehicles following a minor traffic crash.

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FOX13 witnessed an armored vehicle turn onto the interstate and drive towards the scene.

West Memphis Police said they sent that armored truck to the barricade and are also helped with drone surveillance.

Charles Ray Skinner, Jr., 47, of Lonsdale is charged with aggravated assault, carrying a weapon, resisting arrest, parking on a highway and obstructing governmental operations. He was placed into custody by a Crittenden County law enforcement special response team and turned-over to state troopers who transported him to the Crittenden County Jail, officials said.

Repeated orders from law enforcement officers telling Skinner to get out of the vehicle during the situation were ignored.

The armored truck approached his vehicle and officers directed an irritant gas into the car, which caused Skinner to exit and surrender, officials said.