Runaway teen ejected from vehicle after being chased by Yazoo County deputies

Published: Jan. 12, 2022 at 3:08 PM CST
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YAZOO CITY, Miss. (WLBT) - A teenager is in the hospital after crashing into railroad tracks while being chased by deputies.

According to Investigator Terry Gann with the Yazoo County Sheriff’s Department, a deputy was responding to check on a runaway juvenile.

Child Protective Services claimed the teen had attempted to harm himself and ran away from foster care.

While searching for the teen, a car tried to hit the deputy head-on. The car was driven by the juvenile he was looking for.

Deputies say they were unaware the vehicle was being driven by the juvenile when they gave chase. The deputy swerved and avoided the head-on hit.

Deputies then began to chase the teen for about a mile until he wrecked into railroad tracks. The 17-year-old was ejected from the vehicle and taken to the hospital.

According to Gann, it’s possible that this was a suicide attempt.

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