Tennessee Woman Dies in Arkansas Interstate 40 Chase After Fleeing State Police


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Jennette, AR – A high-speed chase on Interstate 40 in Arkansas ended tragically on the night of April 1, 2024, with the death of a Tennessee woman. 

Arkansas State Police reported that 28-year-old Courtney Ridgeway of Smyrna, Tennessee, led officers on a pursuit reaching speeds over 100 miles per hour before crashing her vehicle on Bing’s Store Road.The incident began around 9:24 p.m. near Exit 265 in Crittenden County when Ridgeway failed to stop for a traffic stop initiated by a state trooper. 

The chase that ensued covered approximately two miles on a gravel road, ending when Ridgeway lost control of her vehicle and collided with a ditch. She was pronounced dead at the scene by the Crittenden County Coroner at approximately 10:42 p.m., while two passengers in her vehicle sustained non-life-threatening injuries.

Colonel Mike Hagar of the Arkansas State Police commented on the dangers of fleeing from law enforcement, underscoring the serious consequences and urging the public to comply with police instructions for stopping.


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