On May 14, Sevier County Sheriff’s Sgt. Greg Davignon was on patrol when he was made aware of an active pursuit of a stolen vehicle getting near to Sevier County from Oklahoma.
He made contact with Investigator John Jones with the McCurtain County Sheriff’s Office about the actual pursuit and was told that the suspect, identified as James Rather, was in a stolen Chevy pickup and was actively fleeing from Oklahoma law enforcement towards Arkansas.
Davignon was able to get in front of the pursuit shortly after the suspect crossed into Arkansas and put a spike strip just west of the KCS tracks on Hwy 24 West, waiting for the suspect to pass his location. A few moments later the suspect hit the spike strip at approximately 90 mph and both front tires of the stolen pickup were quickly disabled.
Rather was then safely taken into custody a quarter mile later. The vehicle was recovered undamaged other than two flat front tires, and towed by Baker’s Towing Service. Rather was taken to the Sevier County Jail for processing.