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Cave City man killed in police pursuit

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

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Carthal M. Perry, 52, of Cave City died May 17 in an auto accident after refusing to stop for police.

Arkansas State Police Corporal Seth Higginbottom, who investigated the accident, stated Perry's vehicle was traveling north bound on Grange Road when Cave City Police Officer Dwayne Engle attempted to stop the 1994 Subaru he was driving.

Engle had received a call regarding a reckless driver. Engle said in his report that Perry was originally north bound on Highway 67 when he received the call. The caller informed dispatchers the vehicle had turned east on Highway 230.

Soon after, three additional 911 calls came in regarding the driver's reckless driving. The original caller, who was following the vehicle, remained on the line with dispatchers, who were able to relay to the officer directions regarding Perry's direction of travel.

Engle followed the vehicle after it turned on Grange Road, where he activated his blue lights, and, after getting behind Perry's vehicle, activated his siren.

Engle's report states the driver was driving in the ditch on his side of the road and crossed the center lane before hitting the ditch on the other side of the road. Perry then hit an oncoming vehicle driven by Tracy Foster of Cave City. The driver was not injured in the accident.

After hitting a tree, Perry's vehicle came to a rest, and he was unresponsive when officers arrived at the accident scene. Because grass under the vehicle was on fire, both Engle and Cave City Police Chief Aaron Presser pulled Perry from the vehicle for fear it would burn.

In the state police report, Higginbottom said the Perry's vehicle crossed the center line and struck a second vehicle, causing the Subaru to lose the left front tire and hit a tree.

Perry was transported to White River Medical Center by Spring River Paramedic Ambulance Service, where he was pronounced dead as a result of his injuries.



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