Truck driver tells story of I-40 police chase

Truck driver tells story of I-40 police chase
Arkansas State Police are investigating a police chase this week on I-40 near West Memphis where a man died. (Source: WREG-TV)

WEST MEMPHIS, AR (KAIT/WREG) - The scene during a police chase earlier this week on I-40 in Crittenden County near West Memphis was something like a Hollywood movie, a truck driver who saw the situation happen said Tuesday.

According to a report from Memphis television station WREG, the truck driver, who gave the name "Anthony", said the situation was unnerving.

"I noticed there was a bunch of police lights flashing in my rearview mirror, and I was like, 'Oh, they're coming mighty fast," the man said.

The black car that the suspect was in was ahead of the police cars, but authorities were able to surround the vehicle very quickly.

"One car hit (the suspect's car) and made it spin. As it spun almost into the wall, one of the officers jumped out and went to the passenger side and started firing into the vehicle," the truck driver told WREG.

The truck driver, who later decided to drive away, said he heard at least three gunshots, but was unable to determine if the suspect had a gun or what happened between the man and police.

A video shows the suspect, Ronald Clinton, hitting a semi-truck, WREG reported. Authorities believe the pursuit started after Clinton stole something at the Walmart in West Memphis, then drove into oncoming traffic on I-40.

Clinton was taken to a hospital where he later died.

The incident is being investigated by Arkansas State Police.

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