A high speed car chase through Sharp and Izard Counties left two people seriously injured near Evening Shade.
The chase of a 2002 Mitsubishi Galant driven by 30 year old Cody Smith of Missouri with 24 year old Jessica Wolford of Melbourne, a passenger in the car, ended in a ravine near Piney Creek Bridge. The bridge is just outside Evening Shade near the Evening Shade Cafe.
According to a report from the Izard County Sheriff's Department, the incident began Saturday, May 30 around 10 p.m. when Izard County Deputy Mark Simino responded to a call regarding a couple who were in a car near the Strawberry River in Izard County and were believed to have been under the influence of the drug ecstasy and had a child with them. The caller identified one of the subjects as Wolford. Deputy Ed Sollock arrived at the scene and determined that the child was not with the subject and had been left in the care of Wolford's mother.
Following the check, Sollock contacted Simino by radio after attempting to stop the vehicle, which would not respond and continued to flee. Simino then attempted to stop the vehicle on County Road 61 and it still refused to stop. Simino then contacted Sharp County dispatch about the vehicle and the reckless nature of the driving. Simino said he kept the vehicle in sight at speeds in excess of 100 miles per hour. Sharp County had set up patrol cars at the intersection of Highways 56 and 167, forcing the vehicle to continue on Highway 167. Simino said he lost sight of the vehicle just outside Evening Shade. He said he continued into town in search of the vehicle. Since there was no contact and the Sharp County officers outside Evening Shade who had set up the strips had not seen the vehicle, officers began to search for the car.
The vehicle was located about an hour later just outside the Evening Shade city limits on a tight curve near the Piney Creek bridge. Both occupants were seriously injured. Smith was air lifted to Elvis Presley Trauma Center in Memphis and Wolford was taken by Spring River Ambulance to White River Medical Center and later transferred to Elvis Presley Trauma Center.