Trooper Killed in Crittenden County Chase

SEPTEMBER 12, 2005 - Posted at 7:46 a.m. CDT, updated at 11:36 a.m. CDT

WEST MEMPHIS, AR - The Arkansas State Police say a trooper was killed in an accident during a chase in Crittenden County last night.

Trooper Mark W. Carthron of West Memphis was picking up a spike strip that had been thrown down on Interstate-40 to stop a robbery suspect when he was struck by another trooper's car.

The 31-year-old Carthron was struck at 6:30 p.m. and was pronounced dead at a hospital at 12:30 a.m. this morning.

The cruiser that struck Carthron was driven by State Police Lowry Astin of Forrest City.  State Police spokesman Bill Sadler says an internal investigation into the accident has begun and will probably take a week to complete.

State Police commander Steve Dozier says Carthron had been with the agency for eight years.  "Corporal Carthron died in the line of duty and while serving his state and our citizens as an Arkansas State Trooper.  It was eight years ago last week that Mark joined this department and in that short time he has demonstrated a proud career deeply rooted in service and duty," said Dozier.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)