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Pursuit begins in Hinds Co., ends in collision with 18-wheeler in Copiah Co.

Clarence Carter (Source: MHP) Clarence Carter (Source: MHP)
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A high speed pursuit that began Saturday afternoon in Hinds County ended in a fiery collision with an 18-wheeler in Copiah County.

Corporal Eric Henry with MHP said around 2:30 p.m. a MHP Trooper was running radar on I-20 at the 32 mile marker in Hinds County when he noticed a maroon Cadillac CTS traveling 95 mph in a 70 mph zone.

The suspect, identified as 57-year-old Clarence Carter of Jackson was placed under arrest after he crashed.

The trooper caught up with the Cadillac, driven by Carter in Clinton, but he began driving reckless and passing other motorist on the shoulder of the roadway. Carter got off on the Springridge Rd exit and was traveling south towards MS 18.

The MHP Trooper continued to follow the vehicle with lights and sirens warning other motorist. The Cadillac continued on SpringRidge Rd. and then to Wynndale Rd., all the way to I-55 and began to travel north to the Siwell Rd. exit in Byram.

The Cadillac took the Siwell Rd. exit and then got back on the I-55 south exit headed toward Terry, MS. Byram PD and Terry PD assisted MHP on trying to stop the fleeing vehicle.

The Cadillac continued south on I-55 and struck a Ford Ranger in Terry, forcing the truck off the road. The driver of that Ford Ranger was not injured.

The Cadillac continued south on I-55 into Copiah County and got off at exit 65 in Gallman and then exited back onto I-55 to travel north. 

Once the Cadillac got to exit 68 it lost control and slammed in the back of an 18 wheeler that was traveling northbound.

The vehicle caught on fire and MHP and other responded units got the suspect out of the vehicle and put the fire out with fire extinguishers.

Carter was transported to UMMC with minor injuries. The driver of the 18 -wheeler was not injured. 

Corporal Henry said Carter will be charged with DUI, felony fleeing, speeding,reckless driving, hit and run and other misdemeanor charges.

The MHP trooper was not injured, although speeds reached over 100 mph, Henry said.

Carter will be transported to the Hinds County Jail after being released from UMMC.

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