Cave City Police Department issued an affidavit for arrest for Guyton Keith Winningham, 37, of Batesville, stemming from a October chase from Cave City to Batesville that ended with a crash on top of Ramsey Mountain. The affidavit was filed Thursday, Dec. 31.
Winningham was booked into the Independence County Detention Center on Sunday, Dec. 27, for driving on a suspended license, no insurance, reckless driving, failure to appear, improper passing, speeding, and fleeing.
Charges in the Cave City affidavit include fleeing, reckless driving, failure to register a vehicle, driving while license cancelled, suspended or revoked, no insurance, faulty equipment, and failure to yield to a stop sign.
On Oct. 20, Sgt. Trint Milligan with the Cave City Police Department was on patrol northbound on Matlock Road when a motorcycle with no headlight and no tail light passed him traveling in the opposite direction. Milligan turned around and activated his blue lights to conduct a traffic stop. The motorcyclist drove away at a high rate of speed doing approximately 70 mph. He ran the stop sign at Matlock and West Center streets. He ran a red light and drove on the sidewalk in front of First Community Bank on Hwy. 167, traveling south. He fled at a high rate of speed into Independence County. Dispatch was notified that Milligan was in pursuit.
The driver kept driving at a high rate over 100 mph narrowly missing several vehicles including Independence County Sheriff’s Department vehicles. At the White River bridge, Independence County took over the pursuit and Milligan drove behind them when the motorcyclist crashed into a vehicle at the Triangle Cafe on top of Ramsey Mountain.
According to a press release from the Independence County Sheriff’s Department at the time of the incident Winningham, went up Ramsey Mountain and attempted to turn on to Triangle Lane. At that point, Stephens said Winningham sideswiped a Jeep and “lost control coming to rest in the parking lot of Triangle Cafe.” Winningham was transported to the hospital for treatment of injuries sustained in the accident.
His bond is set $54,210.