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Suspect in custody after Warren County chase and manhunt


A high-speed chase in Warren County ended with a Jackson man in custody, and it all started when authorities learned the suspect was driving a vehicle he didn't own.

In the span of a few hours, Warren County deputies apprehended 19-year-old Devonta Peoples of Jackson.

"Warren County Sheriff's Office received a call on our administrative line this morning from Hinds County Sheriff's Office, that they had received information of a suspicious vehicle in Hinds County," Warren County Sheriff Martin Pace said. "The caller apparently provided a tag number, and when they ran the tag number, it turns out it was a stolen vehicle."

At that time, Sheriff Pace says the suspect was speeding down Highway 80, headed toward Vicksburg.

Two deputies gave chase and Peoples turned down Highway 27, heading south.

"We set up what's referred to as a rolling roadblock, where we had a patrol car in front, patrol car behind, and attempted to slow the car to a stop," Pace said. "When we did that, he evaded the first car, lost control, and ran off in a ditch."

Evidence of that can be seen on an embankment just off the highway, with deep ruts indicating where the car slid down the hill. From there, it became a foot chase, with deputies following closely behind.

"[He] ran through a thickly wooded area, and he actually came out into an adjacent subdivision," Pace said. "We were in the woods a little over two hours. He was taken into custody on Lee Road. He is currently in the Warren County Jail charged with felony eluding."

The sheriff said more charges could come from the Clinton Police Department as well. 

Clinton Police Chief Mike Warren said deputies are interviewing Peoples to figure out his level of involvement in the theft.

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