Man fights police, paramedics after high-speed chase

Man fights police, paramedics after high-speed chase

MISSISSIPPI COUNTY, AR (KAIT) - A man suspected of leading police on a high-speed chase is released from the hospital after recovering form crash during a high speed chase.

According to the Mississippi County Sheriff's Department, the chase happened early Thursday morning on a highway near Burdette.

It continued on to Interstate 55 near Blytheville where police lost the driver, Joe Tippy. Mississippi County Sheriff's deputies later picked up the chase.

The 33-year-old man was driving over 110 miles per hour at one time, according to the sheriff's department.

A blowout at Highway 18 and Mississippi County Road 903 caused the vehicle to hit an embankment and it was flipped several times. The vehicle also caught fire.

A sheriff's deputy noticed beer bottles in the vehicle and Tippy told the deputy that he had not slept for a few days because he was using methamphetamine.

Officers were able to get Tippy into an ambulance where he reportedly fought with officers and paramedics.

Tippy was taken to a hospital with unknown injuries. He was transferred to a Memphis hospital and was released due to the extent of his injuries.

No officers were injured in the chase.

The sheriff's department indicates Tippy will be charged with fleeing, driving while intoxicated and reckless driving.

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