A suspect is in custody and faces felony eluding and child endangerment charges thanks to cross-county communication between Warren County and Yazoo County Sheriff’s Offices.
Friday morning, Warren County Sheriff Martin Pace spotted a vehicle at the City Front, on the other side of the sea wall. Noting suspicious activity, the sheriff went to investigate.
“I attempted to make a stop on a vehicle on Levee Street. He failed to yield to the lights and siren on my car,” began Sheriff Pace. “We went northbound through King’s. Vicksburg Police Department assisted with their marked vehicles.”
After the sheriff turned on his emergency lights, the vehicle then began to flee down Washington Street. Sheriff Pace pursued the vehicle.
Eventually, the suspect turned onto Highway 61 North. Sheriff Pace abandoned the chase near Haining Road, before Hwy 61 and was able to track the vehicle through other units.
“Because of the high speed and the danger of it, we actually backed off. We didn’t want to create more of a hazard than he was creating,” said Sheriff Pace.
The suspect was followed from a distance up 61 North and then turned on Highway 3, toward Yazoo County.
Sheriff Pace then made contact with Yazoo County authorities and alerted them to the situation. Yazoo County units were able to be set in place and capture the suspect in Yazoo County minutes later.
After the suspect was stopped, authorities noticed there was a toddler in the car.
“We did not know when we initially tried to stop him that he had a child in the car. He had a child, a small child, a toddler in the back seat,” said Sheriff Pace.
Sheriff Pace said the individual will be charged with felony eluding and felony child endangerment. He was taken to Vicksburg where he is expected to have an initial appearance in court Friday afternoon.See a typo? Report it here.