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Motorcyclist dies in crash following law enforcement chase


A motorcycle pursuit Tuesday morning ended in the death of a Baxter County, Ark., man, reports the county’s sheriff, John Montgomery.

At about 9:58 a.m. Tuesday, said Montgomery, the Baxter County Sheriff's Office was notified by the Ozark County Sheriff's Office in Gainesville that dispatchers there had received a 911 call regarding a trespassing complaint taking place in Baxter County. The location was said to be a residence on North Arkansas Highway 201, just north of Baxter County Road 35 near Clarkridge, about a mile south of the Missouri state line. A couple of minutes later, Montgomery said, his office received a second call reporting a loud disturbance taking place at the same residence, with people shouting and arguing.

When deputies arrived on scene about 10 minutes after the first call, a man, later to be identified as Jason Dean Lansdown, fled the scene on a motorcycle, said Montgomery. The motorcycle reportedly went down Baxter County Road 35, at which time the deputies began pursuing, continuing to the end of the county road.

According to Montgomery’s statement, the motorcycle and one of the deputies' vehicles ultimately collided when Lansdown turned his motorcycle around and rode back toward Deputy Michael Gorbet.

Emergency medical services were immediately dispatched to the scene, and deputies began performing CPR on the unresponsive motorcyclist, said Montgomery. The efforts to save the man were not successful, and he was pronounced dead at the scene by Baxter County Coroner Brad Hays.

The Arkansas State Police is investigating the incident.