The Arkansas State Police issued information today on the death of a St. Francis County man who lost control of his car during a high speed chase and struck a tree. The accident happened near the St. Francis County town of Widener in East Arkansas.
A report from the ASP says that just after noon today near the junction of Highway 1 and Interstate 40, a trooper made a traffic stop of a driver they have identified as Justen Williams, 31, of Forrest City. As the trooper approached the car, police said, Williams allegedly pulled out a gun, pointed it at the trooper, then fled.
From the ASP release:
State Police followed Williams eastbound along I-40 for several miles where he exited onto State Highway 38 traveling into the Widener community. Williams proceeded through Widener, crossing a railroad track at a high rate of speed, losing control of the vehicle which then struck a tree and began to burn.
State Police and sheriff’s deputies were able to pull Williams from the vehicle and began administering life saving measures. Williams was later pronounced dead by an area physician.
Williams’ body has been taken to the Arkansas State Crime Lab for autopsy. An investigation into the crash is ongoing.