Searcy County Sheriff Kenny Cassell reported on March 13, Searcy County deputies arrested a St. Joe couple after responding to a 911 call concerning a domestic dispute in progress. When Deputies Sgt. Kevin Trammell and Lt. Billy Cordell arrived on scene they found the caller, Chance Case, who stated his wife, Nicole, had tried to run over him while attempting to leave her four small children. He also told authorities that his wife had been drinking alcohol all day.
Law enforcement also learned that Nicole Case had left the residence and may be traveling to her mother's residence in Pindall. When officers arrived in at the residence in Pindall, they noticed a vehicle that has sustained substantial damage and located Nicole Case.
Nicole Case stated she and her husband had been drinking and he "snapped" and became abusive. She told officers she was able to get away from him and get to her vehicle, but he began hitting the car with a splitting maul and broke out the windows cutting her elbow. At that point, she explained she attempted to run over him. She added she was able to get the keys to the vehicle and get her children in the car and then left for her mother's residence.
Deputies arrested Chance and Nicole Case and transported them to the Searcy County Detention Center where Searcy County Prosecuting Attorney Benjamin Fruehauf charged Chance Lane Case with 3rd degree domestic battery, Class A misdemeanor, and four counts of endangering the welfare of a minor, Class B misdemeanor. Nicole Joanne Case was charged with 3rd degree domestic battery, Class A misdemeanor, and four counts of endangering the welfare of a minor, Class B misdemeanor.