Expired tags lead to high-speed chase in Newport

Paul C. McNutt (Source: Newport Police Department)
Paul C. McNutt (Source: Newport Police Department)

NEWPORT, AR (KAIT) – A high-speed chase leads to the arrest of a Tuckerman man.

According to Lt. Patrick Weatherford with Newport police, the chase began after a traffic stop Monday afternoon.

Weatherford stated the officer stopped a black Ford Explorer driven by Paul McNutt, 28, for vehicle registration that expired in Nov. 2013. The SUV pulled into a parking lot at 2500 Malcolm.

Police said McNutt then left the parking lot leading the officer on a high-speed chase headed toward the Newport city limits. During the pursuit the officer struck a ditch on Stegall Road/Hwy. 384, he was not injured.

McNutt continued at speeds of over 100 miles an hour towards Grubbs, according to police. Officers from several agencies were able to catch up with him in Grubbs. Police said McNutt's SUV began to have mechanical problems as he was traveling north on Hwy. 37 toward Tuckerman.

Weatherford stated the pursuit ended at McNutt's residence at 15942 Hwy. 37 North. He was taken into custody without incident to the Jackson County Detention Center.

McNutt will be in court Wednesday and is expected to be charged with felony fleeing as well as "several traffic-related offenses".

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