Police Chase Claims Life of Piggott Woman
A Piggott woman was killed during a police chase Sunday, Oct. 2, as her vehicle collided with one driven by a Clay County sheriff's deputy at an intersection in Rector. Sadine Dixon, 84, was dead at the scene of the tragic mishap, while Deputy Terry Burdin was transported to a local hospital for treatment.
According to reports from the Arkansas State Police, and information provided by Clay County Sheriff Terry Miller, the chase began around mid-morning in Kennett and involved a vehicle reported stolen from Collinsville, Ill.
ASP reports indicated the pursuit continued from Kennett to Campbell, then across the state line at St. Francis. Miller noted the suspects then led authorities onto rural roads northwest of the town. A short time later the chase continued back onto Highway 62 south, with the suspect vehicle turning south on Highway 139 just east of Piggott. At Holly Island the suspects turned west, and continued toward Rector on U.S. 49 at Hargrave Corner.
According to reports, at 10:35 a.m. Deputy Burdin spotted the suspect vehicle and joined the chase near Rector. As the deputy pursued the suspects through the city his vehicle collided with one being driven by Dixon at the Pine Street rail crossing on West 9th Street.
Deputy Burdin also serves as the CCSD K-9 officer, and Sheriff Miller reports Marko was in his box in the back of the vehicle at the time of the crash and escaped with what were believed to be only minor injuries.
ASP and local law enforcement continued to pursue the vehicle to Paragould, as the suspects eluded them along several city streets. The chase ended at 11:01 a.m. as the suspects crashed into a concrete retaining wall outside the Walgreen's store at the corner of U.S. Highways 49 and 412.
The Arkansas State Police identified the driver as Robert Huffines, 36, of Holcomb, Mo., while the passenger was identified as Lea Mamino, 32, of Collinsville, Ill. Both were taken into custody at the time and transported to the Greene County Jail. According to Miller, both are scheduled to make a court appearance Tuesday in Piggott on a variety of charges related to the chase, and the charges are expected to include homicide.