One suspect arrested, one still on the loose following police chase into Jackson

Published: Aug. 1, 2021 at 6:17 PM CDT
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JACKSON, Miss. (WLBT) - One suspect was arrested and another one was still on the loose following a police chase that ended in the Capital City.

The suspects led Pearl and Richland Police into Jackson before crashing his dark Nissan Altima into bushes on Mosley Avenue.

After crashing the vehicle, the driver ran away on foot, but was quickly apprehended, according to scanner traffic reports. A passenger in the vehicle also bailed, and still had not been apprehended, Pearl Police officials say.

Witnesses on the scene said the driver was tased. He was heard hollering as police put him in a vehicle, witnesses said.

He was taken away from the scene by Pearl Police.

“One of the officers tried to make a traffic stop on U.S. 49 going south, right at the city limits of Pearl and Richland. The guy wouldn’t stop and took off into Richland,” said Pearl Public Information Officer Greg Flynn. “They went a roundabout way into Jackson and ended up where we captured him.”

Two individuals were in the suspect vehicle at the time of the chase. “The driver is in custody. The passenger got away,” he said. “Thank God he didn’t hit any innocent people. That’s the good thing. When folks run, it puts not only the officer in jeopardy, but the general public.”

The driver was being pulled over for a traffic violation. Instead of pulling over, the driver led officers on a chase that eventually ended up going along several Jackson streets, including Bailey, Lampton and Collier avenues, west Northside Drive, Eminence Row and others.

Police say the driver threw a gun out of the vehicle during the pursuit. The gun had been recovered, but did not come as stolen, Flynn said.

Several members of the suspect’s family arrived on the scene and attempted to speak to police, but JPD told them to contact Pearl, according to the mother.

The driver was 18 years or older, according to information obtained from the scene.

Jackson Police Department, Jackson Fire Department, and American Medical Response had also arrived on the scene. A wrecker also arrived to retrieve the suspect vehicle.

The driver was transported to the hospital for medical treatment.

It was not know the extent of the suspect’s injuries.

The suspect’s name was not available.

Flynn was not sure where the suspect is from.

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