Paul Nix

An ex-con who eluded deputies during a recent high-speed chase through Grand Traverse and Benzie counties made it all the way to Arkansas.

But Paul Nix's escape ended there. Arkansas State Police arrested Nix, 38, on Tuesday, a capture that marked the end of a weeklong investigation by Michigan State Police.

Police arrested Nix during a traffic stop along I-30 near Benton, Ark., Saline County sheriff's Lt. Scott Courtney said.

Nix remained in the Saline County Jail in Arkansas on Wednesday, Courtney said. Authorities likely will attempt to extradite Nix to Michigan, where he's been in trouble in multiple northern Michigan counties.

Grand Traverse County prosecutors recently charged Nix with a felony count of fourth-degree fleeing and eluding a police officer, a crime that stems from his alleged involvement in a local high-speed chase.

On June 1, Nix failed to stop when Grand Traverse sheriff's deputies attempted to pull him over for expired plates in Garfield Township, court records show. The chase spilled into Benzie County, but ended after Nix crashed his vehicle into a recreational slide at Crystal Mountain Resort & Spa in Thompsonville.

Nix and his wife, Nichole, took their children and ran from the ski hill to a nearby wooded area, deputies said. Benzie County sheriff's deputies tracked down Nichole Nix and her children, but her husband remained free for nearly a week.

Benzie County prosecutors are expected to charge Nix with malicious destruction of property for the crash into the Crystal Mountain slide, Benzie Sheriff Rory Heckman said.

Lake County prosecutors also recently charged Nix with felonious assault and possession of a firearm by a felon, Lake County Undersheriff Richard Perrin said.

Nix spent about 14 years in prison after being convicted of escaping from jail and felonious assault, Michigan Department of Corrections records show. He was released from prison in January 2010.

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