Woman injured in violent domestic incident listed on circuit court docket

Photo: Danielle Lamphear

A Mountain Home woman involved in a violent incident in which her ex-boyfriend repeatedly smashed into the car in which she as riding, injuring her and killing the male driver, was due in Baxter County Circuit Court last Thursday.

She was reported to be in the hospital for treatment of the injuries sustained in the incident with the ex-boyfriend.

A criminal case was filed against 24-year-old Danielle Lamphear in early July charging her with possession of methamphetamine.

The charges stem from a traffic stop by a Baxter County sheriff’s deputy on the vehicle Lamphear was driving.

During the stop, the deputy asked if he could search the vehicle, and Lamphear is alleged to have replied, “If anything is found, it does not belong to me.”

A purse was reported found in the backseat containing a white crystal substance suspected of being methamphetamine.

Lamphear was free on $2,500 bond in the drug case when the violent and ultimately fatal incident involving her ex-boyfriend occurred.


Photo: Daniel Robert Adams

It started at the residence of 36-year-old Daniel Robert Adams where Lamphear had been living until the couple broke up.

Lamphear is alleged to have come to the house to pick up personal belongings. She was in a car being driven by 30-year-old Philip Laurie who was killed after Adams smashed his vehicle into Laurie’s.

According to the probable cause affidavit, when both vehicles left the residence, they headed northbound on Old Arkana Road.

The first collision happened at a point on Old Arkana Road where the gravel ends and pavement begins. Laurie’s Ford Focus was pushed off the road by Adams’ truck.

Near Glade Hill Lane, tire marks indicate the car left the roadway on the right side, while the truck skidded sideways for about 200 feet before coming to rest off the side of the roadway.


Lamphear called 911 and reported what was happening. She identified Adams as the one smashing into the car in which she was riding.

As the call continued, Lamphear was reported to have started to scream hysterically – to the point the built-in microphone in the cellphone was overpowered and deactivated.

Lamphear reported to 911 at one point, “We are in a ditch.” She told the 911 operator, “I can’t get away from him.”

The final and fatal ramming incident happened near 465 Old Arkana Road. Both vehicles were reported to have “violently” crossed and then left the roadway.

Adams’ truck reportedly struck the car from the rear knocking it into a ditch where it hit an embankment causing it to flip onto its side before coming to rest on its wheels.

The car is reported to have careened through the ditch, until it hit the edge of a driveway causing it to become airborne.

While in the air, the vehicle struck a tree causing the fatal injuries to Laurie and seriously injuring Lamphear.

After the final encounter, a male voice believed to be that of Adams is heard on the 911 tape asking, “Danielle, are you alright?”


Adams is charged with first-degree murder, attempt to commit first-degree murder, four counts of aggravated assault and driving on a suspended license.

He is being held in the Boone County jail on $1 million dollar cash bond. Adams was taken to Boone County because relative of Laurie’s works in the Baxter County Detention Center.

Adams pled not guilty in Boone County Circuit Court earlier this month.

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