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Shawn A. Williams  (Ark. DOC photo)

Shawn A. Williams (Ark. DOC photo)

justice 4jPocahontas, Ark. — A 35-year-old Pocahontas man has been given a 30-year sentence after pleading guilty to fleeing police in what turned out to be a high speed chase that injured two officers who wrecked and rolled their police car in the chase.
Shawn A. Williams was charged with two counts of aggravated assault and one count of possession of drug paraphernalia with intent to manufacture meth. He pled guilty to those charges Monday before Circuit Court Judge Harold Erwin.
The high speed chase took place in 2014 and went through Randolph, Lawrence and Green Counties. Speeds in the chase reportedly were 100 MPH and above, and Williams was accused of driving down U.S. Highway 67 the wrong way with an ATV in the back of his pickup truck, narrowly missing other motorists.
Third Judicial District Prosecuting Attorney Henry Boyce noted “this sentence is significant in that it should send a message to those who flee from the police that severe punishment awaits.”
The two officers injured in the chase were Pocahontas Police Chief Cecil Tackett and criminal investigative detective Jesse Luffman.
Williams was placed in the custody of the Randolph County Sheriff and was to be transported to the Arkansas Department of Correction to begin serving his sentence.

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