Daily American Republic
A Holcomb man on probation for stealing a vehicle is accused of leading police on a multicounty pursuit Sunday in a stolen vehicle that led to a fatal crash. During the pursuit, a Clay County deputy’s patrol car struck an SUV in Rector, Arkansas, killing its 84-year-old driver, Sadine Dixon. The pursuit began mid-morning Sunday in Kennett and involved a vehicle reported stolen from Collinsville, Illinois. Clay County Sheriff Terry Miller says the vehicle was found to be driven by Robert Huffines of Holcomb, who led police through the city, when the deputy’s patrol car collided with another vehicle unrelated to the pursuit. Dixon stopped in her 2008 Ford Escape on the shoulder as the deputy’s vehicle approached. Dixon then pulled back onto the road into the path of deputy Terry Burdin’s patrol vehicle. Dixon’s SUV overturned, throwing her from the vehicle. She was pronounced dead at the scene. Miller said the police pursuit ended in Paragould, Arkansas, when the stolen vehicle collided with a concrete retaining wall. Arkansas State Police officials identified 36-year old Huffines, as the driver and 32-year old Lea Mamino, of Collinsville, Illinois, as the passenger. Both were intoxicated when arrested and booked at the Greene County Jail. Miller said they were set to make court appearances in Piggott on a variety of charges related to the chase, including homicide.