Two arrested after high-speed chase Sunday

Friday, October 3, 2003

State, county and local law enforcement arrested two individuals Sunday night, as a result of a high-speed chase through two counties. According to law enforcement officials, on Sept. 28, 2003, at around 6:30 p.m., Officer Tony Turner of the Tyronza Police Department was on patrol near U.S. 63 when he noticed a 1991 Chevrolet Camaro traveling north at a high rate of speed. The vehicle was traveling north at around 90 mph in a 55 mph zone.

After noticing the vehicle, Officer Turner activated his blue lights and continued to chase the vehicle north on U.S. 63. As the vehicle moved north, the vehicle traveled in excess of 140 mph, attempting to pass vehicles on both shoulders of the highway, the TPD states.

The chase continued through Marked Tree and Trumann, where officers with the Marked Tree Police Department, Trumann Police Department and the Poinsett County Sheriff's Department gave chase. The TPD states that the vehicle, driven by Derick Goff, 21, of Jonesboro entered the Trumann area on Ark. 463 and entered into the Trumann city limits, with speeds in excess of 110 mph.

After leaving the Trumann city limits, officers with the Bay Police Department placed a spike strip on Ark. 463, near the Poinsett-Craighead County line. The chase ended about a 1/4 mile north of the county line, when the vehicle hit the spike strip, deflating the front tires near a cotton field. Both Goff and his passenger, Jacky Lemelly, 26, of Monticello then fled into a nearby field, where they were tracked down by K-9 officers with the Craighead and Poinsett County Sheriff's Department and placed under arrest.

Goff appeared before Tyronza District Judge Jim Dunlap Tuesday for a probable cause hearing. Probable cause was found and bond was set at $2,500. Goff is charged with Reckless Driving, Felony Fleeing from a Vehicle, Misdemeanor Fleeing on Foot, Driving without a License and Speeding. Goff also has felony warrants of Marked Tree for Failure to Appear, No Driver's License and Illegal Operation of a Motor Bicycle. Goff will appear in Poinsett County Circuit Court on Oct. 6, 2003 to answer to the charges. The passenger was cited for a misdemeanor Fleeing on Foot charge and will appear in Tyronza District Court on a later date. Lemelly also had warrants for his arrest out of Monticello, AR for Contempt of Court and Failure to Appear.

Law enforcement who helped with the arrest and capture of Goff and Lemelly were the Arkansas State Police, Bay Police Department, Craighead County Sheriff's Department, Marked Tree Police Department, the Poinsett County Sheriff's Department, the Trumann Police Department and the Tyronza Police Department.

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