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Man who fled from authorities dies in 4-vehicle crash after driving wrong way on I-40, state police say

By Jaime Dunaway , Amanda Roberts

This article was originally published June 22, 2018 at 3:17 p.m. Updated June 22, 2018 at 8:06 p.m.


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A man who fled from authorities Friday during a traffic stop on Interstate 40 later died in a four-vehicle crash that injured at least four other people, Arkansas State Police said.

According to a news release from the agency, a trooper stopped a late-model Chrysler sedan shortly after 10:30 a.m. in Lonoke County, and the driver eventually fled, heading east along the interstate.

Authorities said they chased the car until it drove out of sight. Nearly an hour later, the vehicle was spotted traveling east in the westbound lanes of the interstate, the release states.

The head-on collision involving four vehicles happened about 11:30 a.m. about 16 miles west of Forrest City in St. Francis County, state police said.

The Chrysler struck a westbound International truck and a GMC Sierra near the 257 mile marker, according to a preliminary crash report. A fourth vehicle in the vicinity, a Lincoln MKZ, then struck an impact cushion device, the state police report said, noting that it was unclear whether the Chrysler had hit the Lincoln.

The report identified the Chrysler’s driver as Russell Johnson, 39, of Sarasota, Fla. State police said he was pronounced dead at the scene.

Injured in the crash were GMC Sierra driver Ronald Fisher, 70, of Friendship, Tenn., Nathan Davis, 27, the driver of the Lincoln, and Allie Davis, 26, and Macy Aycock, 22, passengers in the Lincoln, all of Southaven, Miss.

No one from the International truck was listed as hurt.

At least 218 people have died on Arkansas roads so far this year, preliminary data show.

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0boxerssuddenlinknet says... June 22, 2018 at 5:28 p.m.

Is the chase worth it ?

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joedog says... June 22, 2018 at 5:52 p.m.

Not for dude driving a late model Chrysler and innocent victims two counties over ( from Lonoke County) driving in the right direction on a rural interstate highway.

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dearlo says... June 22, 2018 at 6:27 p.m.

I don't think that the chase is ever worth it.

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kellyinlrarusa says... June 22, 2018 at 6:58 p.m.

the chase is it worth it. to a point yes. once it hits an 100 mph stop. of it the traffic is a problem stop. and what did he do. .. sounds like the police did stop the chase. and the same OLD ? why did he run in the first place.

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MaryMaryQuiteContrary says... June 22, 2018 at 7:09 p.m.

The chase had nothing to do with this. The chase had long been terminated. I’m sure, as usual, plenty of people will blame the police for NOT keeping the chase alive and ultimately stopping this vehicle from later being in a wreck. Idiots who think they know everything always find a way to blame the cops. If they could only walk a mile in their shoes...

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JakeTidmore says... June 22, 2018 at 8:31 p.m.

Mary - you can't say always. Sometimes the cops do things right and sometimes they don't. An idiot is someone who gets the two mixed up.
You make a legitimate point that the cops had ceased their chase.
And let's be honest.....it probably isn't realistic to expect all people to sit back and relax when they see the cops coming. For whatever reasons, good or bad, some are going to be afraid to deal with the police under certain circumstances.
Armchair quarterbacks are common in all sorts of judgmental situations and the result is usually the same: the only impression left for people to see is the one in the chair where their rump was seated.

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LR1955 says... June 23, 2018 at 7:38 a.m.

The idiot is the wrong way driver.

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