Two county high-speed pursuit stopped by FPD

By JAMES PHILLIPS,

Tuesday morning a high-speed pursuit on Interstate 20 that included five law enforcement agencies, and traveled through Rankin and Scott Counties ended just past the Highway 501 bridge over I-20. After over 30 miles of pursuit, an FPD officer deployed a Tire Deflation Device which finally immobilized the fleeing vehicle.

Justin Harrell, 23, of Pearl was the driver of the vehicle and was arrested at the scene when he was finally stopped.

Brandon Police Department was conducting a safety checkpoint at an I-20 exit in Brandon when Harrell approached from the west. As he approached the roadblock he accelerated quickly and drove his vehicle directly at the officers executing the checkpoint. “The BPD chief said that his officers literally had to dive out of the way to avoid being hit by the vehicle,” Forest Chief of Police Will Jones said.

After blowing past the BPD checkpoint Jones’ vehicle reentered I-20 eastbound at a high rate of speed. The suspect continued fleeing through Pelahatchie and Morton, before being brought to a stop in Forest.

“They were able to call ahead giving us enough time for one of our officers to set up to deploy the vehicle immobilization device,” Jones said. “When the suspect approached he attempted to swerve at my officer, but he was able to avoid being hit and successfully deploy the device that ended the pursuit.”

Jones was arrested and transported back to Brandon. He is facing multiple felony charges in Brandon including Aggravated Assault, Reckless Driving and Felony Fleeing and Eluding. Jones said that Harrell may also end up facing felony charges here in Forest.

This is developing story at the Scott County Times.