Fleeing Felon Leads Law Enforcement On 47 Mile High Speed Pursuit


At 8:16 pm on Wednesday after receiving a call reporting a silver car stuck near the railroad track on Hwy 361 outside Black Rock a Lawrence County Sheriff’s Deputy was nearly hit by a vehicle crossing the center line. The officer turned around on the vehicle to make a traffic stop. The vehicle immediately began to flee from the officer. The vehicle a 2012 Chevy Impala fled using 63 North out of Black Rock. The officer reported the pursuit and communicated the vehicle was driving in the opposite lane and making dangerous passes.

Ravenden and Randolph County were notified of the chase coming their direction.Ravenden Police set up spike strips at the north end of the Spring River Bridge,  the vehicle continue through Imboden still headed north on Hwy 63 continuing to pass in curves and driving in the wrong lane. Sharp County dispatched deputies from the Hardy area south toward the chase. The suspect vehicle drove around the Ravenden Patrol vehicle missing the strips and continued toward Sharp County at a high speed and continuously crossing the center lanes endangering drivers.

At 8:36 pm the suspect avoided spike strips set up by Sharp County Deputies and continued towards Hardy. Once in Hardy the Hardy Police unsuccessfully attempted to “pit” the vehicle, suspect continued Hwy 63 toward Mammoth Springs.Fulton County Sheriff’s Office, Mammoth Springs PD, Thayer PD and Missouri Hwy Patrol were all notified of the dangerous pursuit coming toward their area.Spike strips were being set up at the Arkansas/Missouri Line.

At 8:38 pm the chase came to an end as law enforcement struck the vehicle spinning it out and disabling the vehicle just feet from the Missouri State Line. The suspect was then taken into custody.Identified as James Cannon of Little Rock, officers soon learned he was a wanted felon with outstanding warrants. Cannon has a long and lengthy criminal record including numerous assault and battery charges. 

Cannon was charged  with Felony Fleeing, Assault on a Police Officer, Driving Left of Center and Driving on a Suspended License and transported back to the Lawrence County Detention Center.No injuries were reported, Cannon was accompanied by an female passenger identified as Alexandrea Garza. Garza was charged with public intoxication and transported back to Lawrence County where she was booked into the Lawrence County Detention Center.

For more information on the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office visit www.lawrencecountysheriffsoffice.com .