Police pursuit leads to wreck on Hwy. 86

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Arkansas man facing 13 charges after head-on collision

A Berryville, Ark., man was arrested Monday following a head-on collision at 10:52 a.m. on Highway 86 at Farm Road 1247.

According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, James Harp, 34, of Berryville, Ark., was driving a 1978 Chevrolet 1500 eastbound when his vehicle pulled into the path of a westbound 2006 Nissan Murano, being driven by Scott Stottle, 50, of Washburn, hitting the vehicle head-on.

Stottle and a passenger in his vehicle, Vickie Resz, 51, of Seligman, both suffered serious injuries and were flown to Cox South Hospital. Harp was not injured.

Resz was wearing a safety device, and Stottle and Harp were not. Both vehicles were totaled.

According to a Patrol arrest report, Harp was arrested at 11:49 a.m. on 13 charges: resisting arrest by fleeing, resisting arrest for a felony, felony tampering with a motor vehicle, armed criminal action, felony probation violation, two counts of felony second-degree assault, two counts of misdemeanor fourth-degree assault, driving while suspended, no insurance, no seatbelt and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.

Sgt. John Lueckenhoff, public information and education officer, said the patrol was informed Carroll County, Ark., deputies were chasing Harp and had entered Barry County and continued the pursuit. Patrol troopers were not involved in the chase, but called in after the collision.

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