Names released of injured deputies in Cross Co. pursuit

Arrest made in Cross County pursuit that injured deputies

CROSS COUNTY, Ark. (KAIT) - A chase in Cross County resulted in one man’s arrest and two deputies being airlifted on Monday.

Corporal Deputy Brian Hill and Corporal Deputy Alex Tuck were both hurt during the pursuit of Robbie Hunter Mckinney, 21, of Heber Springs.

Deputy Tuck suffered a broken femur and is waiting to have surgery. Deputy Hill has a broken hip and doctors are still trying to determine whether or not he needs surgery.

According to a Facebook post by the Cross County Sheriff, around 1:20 p.m. on June 24, a Cross County deputy tried to stop a car that had just been stolen out of St. Francis County.

The post states that the vehicle fled west on Highway 64 at a high rate of speed.

A chase ensued that involved both the Cross County Sheriff’s Department and Wynne Police.

The suspect was chased down Highway 64 into Wynne and then to Fair Oaks, where they turned around and went back into Wynne.

During the chase, two Cross County deputy cars collided near the former Kelly’s Restaurant on Highway 1.

Mckinney was arrested near Earle on Highway 64 after he collided with telephone poles.

The deputies were airlifted to Regional One Medical Center in Memphis.

Mckinney is facing 2 counts of battery first degree, criminal mischief first degree, theft by receiving over $5,000, fleeing in vehicle, aggravated assault upon a law enforcement officer, speeding, fail to stop at traffic device, and reckless driving.

Mckinney will be in the Cross County Jail after his injuries are evaluated.

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