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Spikes end car chase

Tuesday, March 5, 2002

A high speed chase Feb. 25 involving a Thayer man, several law enforcement agencies and three roadblocks lasted almost an hour, covering 41 miles in two states.

Mammoth Spring Police Chief Michael Davis attempted to stop a 1989 Chevrolet Beretta driven by Randall Komm, 41, on Highway 9 in Mammoth Spring after Davis observed Komm crossing the center line several times. Davis attempted to run a check on Komm's drivers license, but when he approached the car, Komm fled the scene. According to Davis, Komm almost struck an oncoming vehicle on 16th Street while attempting to flee, reaching speeds up to 80 miles per hour.

Komm crossed the state line into Missouri and entered Oregon County Road 361 and from there turned left onto Highway 142. At that point Missouri Highway Patrol attempted to stop Komm, but he continued to flee across Highway 142 and turned left at Howell County Road 9950 and crossed back into Arkansas.

At that point Davis initiated the pursuit again and a roadblock was set up by Fulton County Deputy James Humphrey on Pleasant Valley Road. But the suspect eluded the roadblock.

Komm traveled onto Highway 9 again toward Mammoth Spring onto Old Welcome Hill Road and crossed into Missouri where he once again got past a roadblock with spike strips on Oregon County Road 371 set up by Oregon County Sheriff Tim Ward.

The state police picked up the pursuit once again and the chase finally ended on Highway 142 at JJ intersection. The suspect ran over spike strips which flattened both of the front tires, ending the pursuit, said Trooper Mike Hargus from the Missouri State Police.

Komm was taken into custody at Howell County jail by the Missouri State Police.

Davis said Komm faces charges in Arkansas including fleeing, driving left of center, careless driving, reckless driving, no seatbelt, no turn signals, and failure to yield.Hargus said Komm faces additional charges in Missouri including DWI, driving with revoked driver's license, lane violation, speeding, failure to yield to emergency vehicles, stop sign violation, signal light violation, and seatbelt violations.

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