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High speed pursuit ends with minor injury, arrest

Eric Nelson (Source: Sharp County Sheriff) Eric Nelson (Source: Sharp County Sheriff)
Amanda Bivins (Source: Sharp County Sheriff) Amanda Bivins (Source: Sharp County Sheriff)

CAVE CITY, AR ( KAIT) – Sharp County Deputy Gary Mitchell was led on a high speed chase when he tried to make a routine traffic stop.

The Sharp County Sheriff's Department said Mitchell spotted a Green Gran Prix driven by 37-year-old Eric Nelson of Cave City on Hwy 167. Mitchell said he knew Nelson had an outstanding warrant for his arrest and attempted to make a traffic stop, but the car began to speed up and flee instead.

Reaching speeds over 80 miles per hour, the pursuit went through E. Cardinal Road and then onto Mockingbird Lane according to police. Mitchell said that is where the pursuit stopped; Nelson had driven his car into the ditch and stopped because the bridge he came to was closed for repairs.

Police said Nelson fled into the woods; his passenger Amanda Bivins, 31, of Cave City tried to run as well, but was immediately arrested. Nelson was later arrested at his home without further incident, and taken to the Sharp County Jail, and charged with felony fleeing.

Mitchell said Bivins had minor injuries from trying to jump from the moving vehicle, but refused medical treatment. She was charged with fleeing on foot.

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