High-speed chase: Pursuit begins in Green Forest, ends in Berryville

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

A Harrison man was arrested on several charges after a chase that began in Green Forest and ended in Berryville on Friday, Oct. 20.

A press release from the Green Forest Police Department says Sgt. Allen Phillips was running radar traffic on West Main Street at approximately 10:02 p.m. Friday evening when he clocked a silver Chrysler going 50 mph in a 35 mph zone.

Phillips turned on his emergency lights and attempted to stop the vehicle, the press release says. The vehicle passed another vehicle on a double yellow line, the release says, and accelerated in speed.

According to the press release, the vehicle turned onto Arkansas Highway 103 South and accelerated again. The driver was swerving and jerking his vehicle back and forth in a reckless manner, the release says. His speeds ranged from 70 mph to 90 mph throughout the pursuit, according to the release.

The vehicle turned west on Arkansas Highway 412 and later swerved at an Arkansas State Police officer head-on, the release says. As the vehicle approached the intersection of 412 and Arkansas Highway 21, a Carroll County Sheriff’s Office deputy had spike strips deployed, according to the release, but the vehicle turned on Highway 21 to avoid hitting them.

As the vehicle approached Berryville, the release says, the Berryville Police Department had also deployed spike strips, but the suspect drove off the roadway and avoided hitting them.

Moments later, the release says, Green Forest officer Todd Noftsger deployed the department’s new “Stop Strips,” and the suspect had no time to avoid them. As the suspect’s tires were deflating, the Arkansas State Police performed a “pit maneuver” on the suspect’s vehicle, causing it to spin out and stop, the release says.

After a foot chase and help from a caller reporting a man running across his field, the suspect was captured and arrested, the release says.

Levi Vaughn Wolffen Wise, 24, Harrison, was booked on speeding, driving while intoxicated, refusal to submit to a chemical test, fleeing in a vehicle, fleeing on foot, aggravated assault, driving on a suspended license and reckless driving.

Wise was booked into the Carroll County Detention Center but was released on his own recognizance on Monday. He is scheduled to appear in court on Dec. 6.

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