Madison Lee

A Providence man is behind bars after police say he led authorities on a chase that began on Baptist Hill and ended within the city limits of Marion in Crittenden County.

According to the Providence Police Department, Officers Isaac Frias and Eric Elder attempted to conduct a traffic stop after seeing a vehicle turn from Baptist Hill Road into a driveway without first signaling. When police attempted the stop, the vehicle pulled back onto the roadway and fled.

Police say the vehicle led police in a chase from Baptist Hill to Highway 109 and then into Clay. In Clay the pursuit turned onto Highway 132 and headed into Crittenden County.

PPD Sergeant Carl Scheer joined the pursuit on 132 and attempted get in front of the suspect vehicle, but swerved into the opposite lane to block him.

The chase eventually merged back onto Highway 120 and continued into the city limits of Marion, where Marion Police and the Crittenden County Sheriff’s Department were waiting to assist. The chase ended on court street.

The driver, James Allen, 25 of Providence, was arrested and charged with speeding (25 mph over the limit), not in possession of license, operating a motor vehicle under the influence, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, fleeing or evading, failure to signal, disregarding a stop sign, failure to wear a seat belt, no registration plate, no registration receipt, and resisting arrest.

Marion Police issued additional citations for violations that occurred within their jurisdiction.

Contact Matt Hughes at or 270-667-2069

Contact Matt Hughes at or 270-667-2069