Region 8 man arrested after going wrong way on highway

Johnny Bill Johnson of Greenbriar, Source: Baxter Co. Sheriff's Dept.
Johnny Bill Johnson of Greenbriar, Source: Baxter Co. Sheriff's Dept.

MOUNTAIN HOME. AR (KAIT) - A Region 8 man is being held on multiple charges after police say he drove the wrong way down a busy highway.

According to the Baxter County Sheriff's Department, on Wednesday afternoon an off-duty deputy spotted 50-year-old Johnny Bill Johnson of Greenbriar traveling the wrong way down the U.S. 62/412 Bypass at a high rate of speed.

The deputy called for assistance from the Mountain Home police.

Police say Johnson's van reached speeds of nearly 80 miles an hour and narrowly missed oncoming traffic several times.

At the intersection of State Highway 201, officers say Johnson drove around a roadblock.

When he came to Business Route Highway 62, Johnson turned his van onto the ASU Mountain Home college campus.

The chase ended when Johnson's van crashed into a brick column on Wade Street.

The impact knocked the brick column approximately two inches off its foundation.

Officers say Johnson jumped out of the car and tried to run away, but officers caught him after a brief chase.

Johnson faces multiple charges including driving while intoxicated, reckless driving, resisting arrest and felony parole violation.

He's being held on $25,000 bond.

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