Sunday night pursuit in Southside sends Batesville man to jail

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A Batesville man led authorities on a high-speed pursuit Sunday night, but finally pulled over and surrendered.

The chase began around 8:30 p.m. when Arkansas State Police Trooper First Class Chris Barnett clocked a lowered pickup going 65 mph in a 45 mph zone on Highway 167 by the Batesville Airport, according to the arrest affidavit.

Once in pursuit, Barnett reported the truck accelerated immediately, and the trooper advised state police dispatch that the truck was passing other traffic at reckless speeds.

At one point near Southside High School, Barnett reported an Independence County Sheriff’s Deputy encountered the truck speeding in excess of 100 mph.

With the assistance of two county deputies, Barnett was moving in to take over pursuit when the truck pulled over past Rocky Point, and the driver surrendered, the affidavit said.

The suspect, identified as Guyton Winningham, 47, of Batesville, was placed into custody without incident.

Winningham is facing one felony count of fleeing by vehicle and one misdemeanor count of speeding. Having been previously convicted of four or more felonies, Winningham was also charged as a habitual offender.

According to court information, he’s being held on a $50,000 bond.


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