Jim Wayne Dayberry, 35, of Benton, is facing felony fleeing charges in Independence County after leading law-enforcement on a high-speed chase in three counties. He was booked into the Stone County Detention Center on absconding charges last week.

According to the affidavit of probable cause for arrest, agents with the 16th Judicial Drug Task Force attempted to stop Dayberry near the Lumpkin Drive Apartments in Southside earlier this month. Dayberry fled north on Hwy. 167 in a tan Chevrolet Tahoe, reaching speeds of 90 mph, before turning on Allen Chapel Road, where he passed numerous vehicles on curves and in no-passing zones at speeds of 80 mph.

He then turned onto Newport Road, ran the stop sign at Hwy. 167 and onto Camp Takodah Road, continuing to pass vehicles at a high rate of speed. While in pursuit, Independence County Deputy Dalton Wallace crashed his patrol vehicle near the intersection of Camp Takodah and Wagon Wheel Road.

Dayberry turned onto Floral Road, continuing to pass vehicles at high rate of speed and causing at least one vehicle to veer into a ditch to avoid a head-on collision. The chase went on into Concord in Cleburne County, then on Hwy. 5 into Stone County, where he turned onto Bob Davis Mountain Road. Stone County deputies located Dayberry’s vehicle abandoned on Burton Hill Road in the rural community of St. James. A K9 team out of Calico Rock was brought in to assist with the search for Dayberry.

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