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Conway police chase ends with collision, injuries

By ArkansasOnline

This article was published October 1, 2012 at 5:57 p.m.

A brief police chase in Conway Sunday night ended in a collision that injured three people.

Latresha Woodruff, public information officer with the Conway police department, said in an e-mail Monday afternoon that the chase lasted approximately 47 seconds and ended with the suspect colliding into another vehicle.

According to the Conway police report, Officer Andrew Burningham ran the license plate for a green Ford LTD and determined the owner's registration was suspended for DWI charges.

After Burningham tried to pull the vehicle over, the driver fled — speeding up to 80 miles per hour through several traffic lights throughout Conway.

The chase ended when the suspect, later identified as 41-year-old Nikki Rust of Greers Ferry, struck another vehicle at an intersection.

Both the male driver and female passenger of the vehicle struck, along with Rust, were hospitalized for their injuries. Rust and the passenger remain hospitalized for serious injuries, Woodruff said.

Burningham said during his investigation he noticed a strong smell of alcohol in Rust's vehicle and saw empty beer cans in the front seat. The driver's seat was also wet, with "a cold partially empty beer can on the floor," Burningham said in the report.

While the investigation continues, Rust could face several charges that include fleeing, criminal mischief, driving while intoxicated, aggravated assault and reckless driving.

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MemphisHog says... October 1, 2012 at 7:57 p.m.

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