Man accused of shooting at officer, led police on chase - KAIT Jonesboro, AR - Region 8 News, weather, sports

Man accused of shooting at officer, led police on chase

Mac Chitwood (Source: Sharp County Detention Center) Mac Chitwood (Source: Sharp County Detention Center)
CAVE CITY, AR (KAIT) -

A man accused of shooting at an officer was hospitalized following a chase.

Around 1:30 a.m. Monday a report about a reckless driver in a maroon Volvo came into the Cave City Police Department.

Cave City Police Chief Nathan Stephens tells Region 8 News 26-year-old Mac Chitwood pulled into a church parking lot, took out a gun and fired it at an officer.

The round struck the officer's patrol car. 

A police chase followed for about three miles. 

Later, Chitwood wrecked his vehicle a few miles outside Cave City.

Sharp County Sheriff Mark Counts tells Region 8 News the crash happened in an area known as "Dead Man's Curve."

Chitwood was flown to White River Medical in Batesville for treatment. 

Counts told Region 8 News he swallowed drugs before being detained. 

Police found a firearm just outside the driver's car window.

Cave City police say the vehicle and firearm were stolen from a residence in Baxter County. 

Chitwood has since been taken to the Sharp County Detention Center where he awaits formal charges. 

Copyright 2016 KAIT. All rights reserved.

Watch Region 8 News On Demand: On your Desktop | On your Mobile device

Region 8 News App - Install or update on your: iPhone | Android

  • Region 8 News</span><a class="customMoreLink" href="/Global/category.asp?C=4391" target="_top">More >></a>Region 8 NewsMore>>

  • Rural Resurgence: Keeping small towns alive

    Rural Resurgence: Keeping small towns alive

    Monday, February 19 2018 11:11 AM EST2018-02-19 16:11:53 GMT
    Monday, February 19 2018 5:42 PM EST2018-02-19 22:42:57 GMT
    Wilson square (Source: KAIT)Wilson square (Source: KAIT)

    It's no secret rural Arkansas is struggling. From schools closing to infrastructure to population, many towns can’t stay afloat.

    It's no secret rural Arkansas is struggling. From schools closing to infrastructure to population, many towns can’t stay afloat.

  • FBI, CART continue search for missing autistic teenager

    FBI, CART continue search for missing autistic teenager

    Saturday, February 17 2018 12:46 PM EST2018-02-17 17:46:31 GMT
    Monday, February 19 2018 10:44 PM EST2018-02-20 03:44:01 GMT
    Ashton Talley (Source: Mississippi County Sheriff's Department Facebook page)Ashton Talley (Source: Mississippi County Sheriff's Department Facebook page)

    The Federal Bureau of Investigation and other agencies are in Mississippi County helping to search for a missing 18-year-old special needs autistic student as law enforcement continues to follow up leads on the whereabouts of the student. 

    The Federal Bureau of Investigation and other agencies are in Mississippi County helping to search for a missing 18-year-old special needs autistic student as law enforcement continues to follow up leads on the whereabouts of the student. 

  • Fire causing downtown Osceola to suffer

    Fire causing downtown Osceola to suffer

    Monday, February 19 2018 10:18 PM EST2018-02-20 03:18:59 GMT
    Monday, February 19 2018 10:41 PM EST2018-02-20 03:41:40 GMT
    (Source: KAIT)(Source: KAIT)

    After two buildings caught fire, the face of downtown Osceola has suffered.

    After two buildings caught fire, the face of downtown Osceola has suffered.

Powered by Frankly