Police: Fayetteville man caused fatal wreck while fleeing

A Fayetteville man will be charged in connection with the death of a motorist who was killed Saturday after a police chase on Rupple Road, according to a news release from Arkansas State Police.

State police said Noah Cargill, 20, will be charged with negligent homicide, felony fleeing and other traffic violations.

A state trooper said he attempted a traffic stop after witnessing Cargill driving recklessly on Wedington Drive shortly after 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 13.

Cargill fled, running a red traffic light and traveling through a neighborhood at a high rate of speed, the release stated. He then swerved around cars on Rupple Road, nearly wrecking multiple times before losing control of his vehicle and crashing into an oncoming vehicle, according to the trooper.

David Michael Pemberton, 56, of California was pronounced dead at the scene.

The Fayetteville Police Department is investigating the wreck and the criminal case.

Cargill was transported to Washington Regional Medical Center with injuries that are not life threatening, according to the release.

“This tragedy is precisely the reason we’ve been imploring people not to flee from law enforcement,” said Col. Mike Hagar of the Arkansas State Police. “Fleeing from law enforcement is a selfish act that risks the lives of everyone on the road. We pray for the family of the innocent civilian killed today.”

The weather was clear and the road was dry, according to an investigating officer.