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Name of person killed during police chase released

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Lea Mamino (Source: Greene County Jail) Lea Mamino (Source: Greene County Jail)
Robert Huffines (Source: Greene County Jail) Robert Huffines (Source: Greene County Jail)
JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) -

3:11 p.m. Update: The person killed in a crash during a police chase Sunday has been identified as Sadine Dixon, 84 of Piggott.

The crash happened as the pursuit entered Rector. Dixon was unrelated to the chase. 

The deputy, identified as Terry Burdin, was injured in the crash. He was taken to a local hospital to be treated. 

Clay County Sheriff Terry Miller said Burdin is now on administrative leave while the crash is investigated. 

Arkansas State Police said in a news release that the chase started near Kennett when police tried to stop a stolen vehicle.

The high-speed chase came to an end around 11 a.m. when the stolen vehicle crashed into a concrete retaining wall outside of the Walgreens on Highway 412 in Paragould.

The vehicle being pursued was stolen out of Collinsville, Illinois. 

The driver was identified by state police as Robert Huffines, 36, of Holcomb, Missouri.  A passenger in the vehicle was identified as Lea Mamino, 32, of Collinsville, Illinois.

Huffines and Mamino were taken into custody and are being held at the Greene County Jail where they will be formally charged later today.

"The death was a result of a proceeding of a chase, it will be some serious charges filed against the occupants of the other vehicle," Sheriff Miller said.

Sheriff Miller said the crash was an unfortunate part of the crash. 

"Pray for the families involved in everything, the loss of a loved one and for the deputies, our family too," Miller said. "We're all one big family."


1:17 p.m. Update: Arkansas State Police are assisting in the investigation into the police chase that killed one person and resulted in two "heavily intoxicated" people being taken into custody.

Sheriff David Carter told Region 8 News that state police are joining in the investigation after a police officer struck a motorist on Highway 49 near Rector during a pursuit that started in southeast Missouri.


12:24 p.m. Update: One person was killed in a high-speed chase after a police unit struck a motorist on Highway 49 near Rector, according to Clay County Sheriff Terry Miller.  Details are unknown right now, but Miller said the crash occurred during a chase that started in Kennett, Missouri.


Officials in southeast Missouri are investigating an incident that resulted in the crash of a patrol car in a high-speed pursuit.

According to the Kennett Police Department's Tim Trowbridge, the crash happened Sunday morning.

Greene County Sheriff David Carter told Region 8 News that the chase started in southeast Missouri, went through Clay County, and ended in Paragould at the intersection of Highway 412 and Highway 49.

Two people have been taken into custody. Sheriff Carter said both people, one man and one woman, were extremely intoxicated at the time of their arrest.

Region 8 News will have more information as details emerge. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook for up to the minute updates.

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