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Batesville man, wanted by authorities, arrested after truck strikes tree

When a Batesville man wanted by Stone County authorities was spotted and identified as he drove on Highway 14 near Saint James early July 31, Stone County Sheriff’s Deputy Trevor Leonard attempted to make a traffic stop.

That’s when authorities allege Mark A. Pinkston, 54, who was wanted on a failure to appear warrant, fled in his Chevrolet pick-up truck.

After a short pursuit, Pinkston wrecked, striking a tree, the arrest affidavit said. Authorities said he then exited the vehicle and fled on foot into a wooded area, where he was eventually apprehended and taken into custody by Leonard.

The affidavit also noted a small amount of a white crystalline substance that field-tested positive for crystal methamphetamine was found in the area where Pinkston was apprehended.

Pinkston (pictured below) has been charged with two drug-related felonies as well as fleeing in a vehicle and on foot. His bond was set at $25,000.

Image via Stone County Sheriff’s Department


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