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A Mammoth Spring man who led law enforcement officers on a car chase and is alleged to have thrown drugs and drug paraphernalia out of his car window last March is still at large.

Shane Shipp, 36, was charged with felony possession of a controlled substance, methamphetamine, felony possession of drug paraphernalia and misdemeanor criminal mischief.

Fulton County Sheriff Walter Dillinger said officers are still on the lookout for Shipp. He said it is possible the man fled the area.

"He is entered in the National Crime Information Center and the Arkansas Crime Information Center. If he is stopped for anything and his driver's license is run, there will be a hit and it will show there is a warrant out for him in Fulton County," the sheriff said. "Eventually somebody will stop him."

The charges against Shipp stem from an incident March 7 when Mammoth Spring Police Chief Michael Davis was patrolling on Highway 63 near Mammoth Spring State Park.

Davis said Shipp was driving a Toyota Camry south, carelessly, crossing over the center line of the highway three times within a 100-yard distance.

Davis activated his blue lights and siren and attempted to stop Shipp. Davis said he followed Shipp down Highway 63. Near the old weigh station Shipp threw out the window what Davis said appeared to be a glass container. The container struck Davis' patrol car windshield, causing damage, and a liquid substance from the container damaged the paint on the hood and cab of the patrol car.

Davis said he observed Shipp passing a vehicle in an unsafe manner on a double yellow line in oncoming traffic. He said the oncoming traffic had to drive on the shoulder of the highway to avoid colliding with Shipp.

Davis said he observed Shipp near Big Creek and again near England Cemetery Road throwing objects out the driver's window of the car.

Shipp turned the Camry onto Fire Tower Road traveling at a high rate of speed. He began turning his lights off and on and throwing gravel and dust in the officers' sight path, Davis said.

Shipp then turned the vehicle into a driveway where he parked the car and fled on foot and hasn't been seen by officers since.

Davis said when Shipp's vehicle was searched items were found consistent with the use and manufacture of methamphetamine, including several baggies and a vial containing what officers said appeared to be methamphetamine. A field test was conducted on one of the baggies and it tested positive for methamphetamine, he said.

Anyone with information regarding Shipp can call the Fulton County Sheriff's Office at 870-895-2601.



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