A high-speed chase on Highway 49 that started north of Highway 135 ended in Jonesboro with the arrest of a Marmaduke man.
Greene County sheriff’s deputies arrested Joseph Ray Austin, 32, on a charge of one count of fleeing in a vehicle, a Class D felony; plus numerous traffic violations. According to a probable cause affidavit sworn by Detective Capt. Tony Williams of the department’s Criminal Investigation Division, Sheriff’s Lt. Patrick Lenderman was traveling southbound on U.S. Highway 49 north of its junction with state Highway 135 on Oct. 5 at about 9:56 p.m. At that time a black Chevrolet Colorado also traveling southbound passed his patrol vehicle in a no-passing zone (i.e with double-yellow lines). The Colorado then had to cut back in front of Lenderman’s patrol vehicle to avoid hitting a northbound vehicle head-on.
Lenderman attempted to make a Traffic Stop on the vehicle, but the Colorado fled from deputies as it traveled south on Highway 49 at speeds in excess of 90 m.p.h. According to Williams’ affidavit the Colorado began driving into oncoming northbound lanes just north of Brookland.
Eventually, law enforcement authorities were able to stop the Colorado inside Jonesboro at the intersection of Highways 49 and 351. Taken to the Greene County Detention Center, Austin was held there on a $10,000 cash-only bond.