Marty J. Thorne, 51, of Chula, Mo., is facing 20 misdemeanor charges after leading deputies from the Independence County Sheriff’s Office on a high-speed pursuit from Hwy. 25 near Desha to Pierson Street in the Evening Shade area.

Deputies clocked the Ford 350-pickup driven by Thorne speeding at rates of 80-90 mph through Desha and down Ramsey Mountain. The vehicle had it’s emergency flashers and ran the red light at the intersection of Myers and St. Louis, almost colliding with a small, gray SUV.

Sharp County Deputies set up spike strips at the Mill Creek Bridge, but the truck ran over the spikes and continued driving north. As the vehicle attempted to turn into a driveway near the intersection of Pierson Road, it traveled into a ditch and came to rest in a residential yard.

The driver got out of the vehicle and began to approach deputies. He was instructed to lay face down and place his hands behind his back. Thorne got down, but refused to place his hands behind his back. Deputies placed Thorne’s hands behind his back and handcuffed him.

Thorne is facing charges of reckless driving, fleeing, no proof of insurance, no seatbelt, resisting arrest,disorderly conduct, obstructing governmental operations, driving on a suspended driver’s license, public intoxication/drugs, littering, failure to maintain control, driving left of center, improper lane change, improper passing, driving off the pavement on the right, improper turn, failure to signal, disregarding a stop or yield sign, and no lighted lamps.

Shooting in Cushman

On Sunday morning the Independence County Sheriff’s Office responded to a shooting that occurred at a residence behind the old Cushman School. Aaron Kent, 25, was found on the ground with a gunshot wound to his left shoulder. The suspect in the shooting, according to a press release from the sheriff’s office, is Jacob Maness. The sheriff’s office added this is an isolated incident and that the suspect has left the area.

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