Stuttgart Man Dies in Chase with Jonesboro Police

FEBRUARY 28, 2005 - Posted at 12:15 p.m. CST

JONESBORO, AR - Police say a man was killed in a crash near Jonesboro that occured during a chase with police.

Police say a passenger in the car, 20-year-old Tyler Bittle of Stuttgart, was killed in the crash.  Authorities say 20-year-old Stephen Guthrie of Jonesboro was driving and ran a stop sign.  An officer tried to pull him over, and a chase ensued.  The vehicle ran off a road and hit a tree.   Two other teenage passengers were hurt, as was Guthrie.

State Police are reviewing the pursuit and accident.  The file on the case will be forwarded to the Second Judicial District prosecutor.

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