Pocahontas man sentenced to 30 years

Pocahontas man sentenced to 30 years

RANDOLPH COUNTY, AR (KAIT) - A Pocahontas man who led police on a high-speed chase two years ago pleaded guilty this week to aggravated assault.

A Randolph County Circuit Court judge sentenced Shawn A. Williams, 35, to 30 years in the Arkansas Department of Correction.

On Monday, Williams pleaded guilty to two charges of aggravated assault one charge of possession of drug paraphernalia with intent to manufacture methamphetamine.

Williams led officers on a multi-county high speed chase on May 19, 2014, with speeds exceeding 100 miles per hour, according to a news release from Henry Boyce, Third Judicial District prosecuting attorney.

During the chase through Randolph, Lawrence and Greene counties, Pocahontas Police Chief Cecil Tackett and Criminal Investigation Division Detective Jesse Luffman wrecked, rolled their vehicle and were injured.

Williams drove the wrong way on Highway 67 and narrowly missed hitting another motorist, Boyce said.

"This sentence is significant in that it should send a message to those who flee from the police that serious punishment awaits," Boyce said.

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