MADISON, Miss. (WLBT) - A manhunt is underway in Madison for a man who stole then wrecked an SUV and camper.
40-year-old Rodger A. Williams from West, Miss., is described as a white male with possible facial hair, wearing a long light blue t-shirt and dark colored shorts with possibly only one shoe or barefooted. He was being chased by Reservoir police when he crashed on Hoy Road and Old Canton Rd.
Madison police have obtained a warrant for Williams for felony possession of a controlled substance and driving with a suspended license. The controlled substance was found in his vehicle.
Flowood police also have an active warrant for Williams’ arrest. More charges are possible.
Williams is not believed to still be in the immediate area where the chase started.
The Madison County School District released released the following statement regarding the chase after it was previously believed that school were on lockdown during the incident.
Madison Avenue Upper Elementary and Madison Avenue Elementary took extra security precautions on Tuesday, August 13, keeping students in the buildings. While our doors are always locked during the school day, we did not allow people to go in and out during this time as an added precaution in response to a nearby law enforcement foot-chase. The decision to lock the doors without entry or exit and have extra security on hand was made out of an abundance of caution for the safety of our students. School was held as usual, with classes going about their business inside the building.
The school was not placed on lock-down. In the event of a lock-down, specific security protocol takes place within the school building and parents are notified. Madison County Schools works together with law enforcement in making security decisions, and a lock-down was never advised nor undertaken on August 13.
Thank you for your support of Madison County Schools as we work together to keep students safe.
According to Kevin Newman with Madison police, the Reservoir Police Department began chasing the stolen camper that had been reported stolen out of Flowood this morning around 9:45 a.m. They proceeded north on Old Canton Road and into Madison.
The suspect tried to turn east on Hoy Road and lost control. The trailer and vehicle flipped into a grassy area and parking lot and the driver got out and ran.
Don Richardson, whose daughter owns the stolen wrecked trailer said, “It’s completely demolished. I have to pick up her personal belongings. A lot of it was scattered everywhere.”
Richardson who got a call from the storage facility that someone pulled off with his daughter’s property said, “That’s amazing to me to have that much audacity. To pull that off in broad daylight.”
Captain Newman says there were no injuries or damage to third parties.
Madison PD, Reservoir PD, Madison County SO, Flowood PD, Metro One and Rankin SO were involved in the search of the area.