Man arrested following high-speed chase

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Cassville police end pursuit, driver later spins out

A Bella Vista, Ark., man is being held in the Barry County jail after leading Cassville police on a high-speed chase that began on the square in downtown Cassville and ended with the driver’s vehicle spinning out on Highway HH at Farm Road 1075.

John Lytton, 23, of Bella Vista, Ark., is charged with resisting arrest creating risk of injury, a felony, and four misdemeanors: driving while revoked, no insurance, careless and imprudent driving and failure to stop at a stop sign.

According to a probable cause statement filed by Sgt. Donald Privett, with the Cassville Police Department, Lytton was driving a red Pontiac Grand Am southbound on Main Street and was approaching 8th Street when Privett noticed the vehicle’s tags were expired. Privett said Lytton allegedly rolled through a stop sign at Main and 8th, turning westbound on 8th Street and speeding through the square.

Privett attempted to stop the vehicle, but Lytton allegedly continued at a high rate of speed on 8th Street, failing to stop at the stop sign at Gravel Street and speeding through so fast his vehicle bottomed out on the pavement and almost lost control.

Lytton drove op the hill on 8th Street and continued on Sky Street, turning left on 7th and going back down the hill at speeds over 50 miles per hour in a 20 mile per hour zone. Lytton turned left onto Gravel, sliding and nearly hitting a utility pole, then continued down Gravel, running stop signs at 8th and West 10th Streets. Speeds reached 60 miles per hour during this part of the chase, and Lytton allegedly ran a stop sign at West 10th and County Farm Road, nearly hitting another vehicle that stopped to avoid the wreck.

Lytton continued on county Farm Road and turned northbound on Highway 37, where speeds climbed to in excess of 100 miles per hour and saw the vehicle pass a tractor trailer and nearly cause an accident, forcing the big rig to take the shoulder.

At the Highway 37 and Business 37 intersection, Privett said Lytton passed a line of vehicles in the turning lane, nearly striking several head-on. At this point, Privett said he stopped the chase out of public safety concerns.

Shortly thereafter, Barry County Deputy Kyle Rhea called over the radio to say Lytton was north of Butterfield and had spun out on Highway HH at Farm Road 1075, where he was taken into custody.

There was a female passenger in the vehicle who said she repeatedly asked Lytton to stop and let her out, and he kept telling her no.

Privett said when he asked Lytton why he fled, Lytton replied, “I don’t know. It was stupid.”

Lytton is being held in the Barry County jail on a cash-only bond of $5,000. He has been arraigned, and a disposition hearing is scheduled for Feb. 16 at 8:30 a.m. in the courtroom of Judge Robert Foulke.

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