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UPDATED: Fatal Kingman crash ended law enforcement pursuit
A law enforcement pursuit ended in a deadly crash Tuesday on Packard Avenue and Bond Street. Longtime Kingman resident Linda Chevalier was killed. (Courtesy)
A law enforcement pursuit ended in a deadly crash Tuesday on Packard Avenue and Bond Street. Longtime Kingman resident Linda Chevalier was killed. (Courtesy)
A prior, undated mugshot of Robert James Dodd, who has a lengthy arrest record in Mohave County.
A prior, undated mugshot of Robert James Dodd, who has a lengthy arrest record in Mohave County.
Doug McMurdo
Miner Staff Reporter

KINGMAN - A man fleeing from an Arizona Department of Public Safety officer killed a longtime Kingman resident when he crashed into her car after running a stop sign in the Butler area late Tuesday afternoon.

Linda Chevalier, 66, died at Kingman Regional Medical Center. Firefighters and paramedics from the Northern Arizona Consolidated Fire District responded to the 5 p.m. crash at Packard Avenue and Bond Street and had to use hydraulic power tools to gain access to Chevalier.

The alleged driver, Robert James Dodd, 41, was taken by DPS helicopter to St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix, where he is being treated and is in custody.

Dodd will face charges of first-degree murder, according to DPS spokesman Bart Graves.

Graves shared limited information, saying the case remains under investigation. Actually, there will be two parallel investigations, he said - one regarding the criminal case against Dodd and a second that will focus on the pursuit to determine if it complied with DPS policy.

The officer is a member of the multi-agency Gang and Immigration Intelligence Enforcement Mission task force, according Graves.

"He was in pursuit of a convicted felon he was trying to arrest," said Graves. "This guy [Dodd] has a history of running."

According to court records, Dodd has a criminal history in Mohave County dating to 1996. He has faced charges that include escape, resisting arrest, aggravated assault and possession of dangerous drugs.

A person close to the case said Dodd was wanted on several warrants related to kidnapping, resisting arrest, unlawful flight and endangerment. The source, who is not authorized to speak to the media, asked to not be identified.

Graves said Dodd was fleeing the officer on Packard Avenue at about 45 mph when he blew the stop sign at Bond Street and struck the side of Chevalier's vehicle. She was driving south.

Both vehicles were heavily damaged and an unidentified female passenger in Dodd's vehicle was injured. She is expected to survive.

"He gave no thought to other traffic," said Graves, "and he caused a fatal wreck."

Graves declined to discuss whether the officer followed the department's pursuit policy.

"There's going to be an investigation into the pursuit," said Graves. "That is standard procedure."

The criminal investigation must be completed before that process begins, he said. At this point, there is nothing to suggest the officer acted outside of department regulations.

Chevalier, according to a friend, had been active in Kingman for years, particularly at St. John's Methodist Church.

She was reportedly a hospice caregiver and had just left a patient when the incident occurred.

Graves said the DPS would provide more information on the pursuit and fatal crash today.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Friday, May 9, 2014
Article comment by: Doug heard

I have to agree with "concerned person".

Cops doing a high speed chase through residential streets full of kids is criminal. Every cop in the chase is guilty of killing that woman and should all face a jury.

Posted: Saturday, May 3, 2014
Article comment by: concerned person

Yeah, I have a comment. Why was DPS making this degenerate speed through a peaceful neighborhood? The town I used to live in the cops cannot chase someone in a car if it is dangerous to the public. Come on, they could have broke it off and got him another day, or even that day somewhere else. I think DPS is also at fault here.

Posted: Saturday, April 26, 2014
Article comment by: Get Real

Get real people! When will people ever hold the right people accountable. The fact of the matter is that this Dodd guy should have pulled over to save all lives at risk. He is the one that killed this poor woman and it is his total fault. The cops did their job and that is that. Cops are people to and I am sure that they are heart broken from the results of this incident and they have to live with it as well. Dodd will burn in hell for this and these poor cops involved have to remember this horrific incident the rest of their lives. May this poor woman and her family be in peace. I am glad to see that the family of this woman has not blamed the ones that risked their lives to keep the community safe from this murderer.

Posted: Saturday, April 26, 2014
Article comment by: J McHtwoOh

I am not defending the actions of this man, but I agree with "Slow Down" I believe DPS is just as much at fault as this man. They were looking for this guy for several weeks, and he was still in Kingman. He would of been in Kingman next week too. Why didn't they stop to think "This guy is obviously dangerous, he has a history of running. We need to rethink this." This is not a big city, its a small town. They could of devised a plan to follow him, and capture him unexpectingly with little or no threat to the public. But instead they get on a power and chase him all around the city, going into a residential neighborhood, possibly endangering children and other civilians. ITS KINGMAN. HE WAS SOUGHT AFTER FOR WEEKS, HES NOT GOING ANYWHERE. But once again our FINE "special unit" officers don't care how many lives are endangered or how many wrongs are done just to not look bad. Way to protect and serve....

Posted: Friday, April 25, 2014
Article comment by: Amaryllis Smith

Slow down and think about it,

Linda and her husband sponsored my granddaughter for her confirmation classes at St. John's United Methodist and wonderful people!!
My granddaughter was absolutely devastated when she saw this on the news in Phoenix Tues. night!!

You may rest assured DPS's investigations are extensive and thorough!! I hold DPS in the upmost esteem, remember before making judgement it was the fleeing vehicle that caused this tragedy. This officer has to live with the memory for life and not the way one wishes for such an incident to end!!
This was double wham for my granddaughter as she spent her childhood living with Papa and Gran and seeing him go and come from work as DPS Sgt..

Posted: Friday, April 25, 2014
Article comment by: Glad I Left Your Hellhole

@ slow down. How dare you say that any part of this careless, ill conceived,against policy and procedure, reckless endangerment be blamed on our Protectors!

Posted: Thursday, April 24, 2014
Article comment by: Audrey J Moore

Linda was one of the most valuable, wonderful Christian women I have ever known.

Her value to St. John's United Methodist Church was not measureable. It will take a ton of people to replace the work she did in the name of Christian Duty.

God Bless St. John's and Linda's wonderful family --- this is a sad day for Kingman and anyone who knew this special lady.

Posted: Thursday, April 24, 2014
Article comment by: Slow down and think about it

Linda was a true christian. Just as Christ asked "forgive them Father for they know not what they do" Linda would have already forgiven this man. I too wonder at so quick the decision to lay the entire burden of guilt for this tragedy on this man alone. No one should be driving like a maniac in a residential area, not even the police. Ever notice how when people are really hurting the rush there is to assign blame? This woman's husband should be compensated by the DPS for their part in this reckless behavior, not just told we are going to nail the guy we were chasing with a murder charge. It might have taken a little longer to catch this guy, for whatever outstanding warrants he had, but it isn't unusal for things to take longer when we do them correctly. No one is saying any amount of money could equal the value of Linda's life, but it should be enough to make them think twice before succumbing to the temptation to play Fox & Hound in a residential neighborhood.

Posted: Thursday, April 24, 2014
Article comment by: Michael Murray

I feel for this woman and her family. Too many times in Mohave County has the degenerate already gotten away with multiple crimes, probation violations, non payment of fines only to do this horrific thing. Mohave County prosecutors had better wake up and start jailing these criminals instead of offering plea deals and long probations deals to these scum. This makes me sick.

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