High-speed  car pursuit ends with one dead

Daren Farrar

A Booneville man was killed following a high-speed pursuit which took place Friday night, March 30. The chase began when Elvin Daren Farrar, 24, driving a 2009 Toyota Yaris passed by a Lee County Sheriff’s Department deputy who was sitting stationary in his squad car at the intersection by McDonald’s in Saltillo. “This vehicle comes by my deputy at a high-rate of speed and passes him off the road, on the right hand shoulder and continued south,” said Lee County Sheriff Jim Johnson. Farrar raced south on Highway 145, turned north on Birmingham Ridge Road and at the intersection near CR 395, lost control, went airborne about 70-feet and crashed into a Magnolia tree. “If it hadn’t been for the tree the car would have gone through the house,” Johnson said. Farrar was ejected from his vehicle and pronounced dead at the scene by Lee County Coroner Carolyn Green at about 10 p.m. The sheriff said it is still unknown why Farrar was fleeing from the officer, but it would have been classified felony fleeing and this was not Farrar’s first run-in with law enforcement. “He had two previous charges of failure to yield for officers, a grand larceny, drug and traffic violations,” Johnson said. “His criminal history was about four pages long.” Funeral services were at Waters Funeral Home on Wednesday with Bro. John Gail officiating. Burial followed in Prentiss Memorial Gardens. He was survived by his son, Karsten Farrar; his parents, Elvin and Sherry Farrar of Booneville; paternal grandparents, David and Linda Farrar of Marietta, maternal grandparents, Martha Michael of Booneville; uncle, Kelly Farrar (Sheila) and their children, Blake and Bethaney of East Union; aunt, Melissa McKinney Hancock of Booneville; great uncle, Bill Cooper (Carolyn) of Baldwyn; special cousin, Jeremy McCoy; host of cousins.

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