Pine Bluff police responding to a group of men breaking into a vehicle early Tuesday morning chased a van the men were in until it wrecked, then caught one suspect after he fled into a wooded area on the west side of the city.

Pine Bluff police responding to a group of men breaking into a vehicle early Tuesday morning chased a van the men were in until it wrecked, then caught one suspect after he fled into a wooded area on the west side of the city.

Cedric Perry, 22, who is also wanted by authorities in Dallas, was taken into custody after the van struck Edgewood Elementary School, police Detective Jerry Lambert said during a court hearing for Perry Wednesday.

Lambert said police were sent to 31st Avenue and Edgewood Drive at 3:31 a.m., after a witness reported seeing the men breaking into a parked vehicle.

The men reportedly fled in the van. Police chased the vehicle until it wrecked and four suspects jumped out and ran into the wooded area.

Lambert said after Perry was caught, police found a loaded .357-caliber handgun that had been reported stolen in Louisiana inside the vehicle.

Perry reportedly told police he was “homeless and did drugs, and agreed to help break into the vehicles in exchange for drugs.

Jefferson County District Judge Kim Bridgforth set a $50,000 cash only bond for Perry after ruling prosecutors had probable cause to charge him with breaking or entering, theft of property, and felony fleeing, and told him to come back to court July 18.

Even though she set the bond, Bridgforth told Perry he would not be able to post that bond because of the active warrant from Texas.

Perry told the judge he would try to hire his own attorney.