Traffic stop leads to chase, arrests, scare

Published 12:00 am Friday, February 5, 2010

A traffic stop in Bovina Thursday escalated into a chase, a fight and an encounter with a pit bull.

The situation ended with two men in jail and the dog in the custody of the Vicksburg-Warren Humane Society.

Charged with felony eluding, felony possession of cocaine and marijuana with the intent to distribute and simple assault on a law enforcement officer was Kourey T. Fultz, 27, 7388 Bovina Cutoff Road. Charged with felony possession of cocaine and marijuana with the intent to distribute, was Elzia Oneal Johnson, 55, 172 Bovina Drive.

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Warren County Sheriff Martin Pace said Deputies Billy Joe Heggins and A.J. “Buddy” Holliday were patrolling in the community six miles east of Vicksburg about noon and pulled their marked sedan in behind a parked 1997 Oldsmobile. Fultz was driving and Johnson was reportedly trying to get or stay out of sight.

“I think what alerted them — they saw a dog barking at the vehicle,” Pace said.

Fultz drove off on Bovina Drive to the 7100 block of Bovina Cutoff Road where he jumped out of the vehicle, Pace said, leaving Johnson. “The passenger was taken into custody immediately,” Pace said.

But Fultz ran about a quarter-mile before Heggins caught him. During a struggle between the two, Fultz took Heggins’ Taser weapon, but was unable to use the device that delivers electrical shocks.

Authorities found a large jar containing a digital scale, 13 grams of marijuana packed for sale in smaller amounts and a little more than two ounces of cocaine in powder and rock forms, Pace said.

Based on the drugs and because Fultz ran in the direction of his home, the officers got a search warrant for his home along the road that links Interstate 20 and Mississippi 27.

As Deputy Mike Traxler approached, he was charged by a chained pit bull, but escaped injury. He returned to the scene with a capture pole to subdue the dog.

No significant drugs were found during the residential search. “They found some cocaine and marijuana residue but not enough to constitute another felony,” said Pace.

Johnson and Fultz remained in the Warren County Jail today pending a bond hearing.

Georgia Lynn, Humane Society president, said today the attacking dog and another pit bull also at the home were confiscated because neither bore a proof of rabies vaccination tag as required by law and the owner could not show proof of vaccination. One of the dogs was picked up and vaccinated Thursday afternoon and the other remained at the group’s shelter.

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