Vicksburg man jailed after chase, eluding city cops for month

Published 11:41 am Thursday, September 8, 2011

A Vicksburg man accused of leading police on a chase with two grams of crack cocaine and a 3-year-old child in his vehicle a month ago was arrested this morning, Lt. Bobby Stewart said.

Otis Davis, 26, was arrested at 7:08 a.m. at 2501 Ken Karyl Ave., Stewart said. Davis gave his address as 2709 Drummond St. but has gas and water service in his name at the Ken Karyl residence, Stewart said.

Davis has been the target of an undercover investigation since July, and police had attempted to stop him at about 5:45 p.m. Aug. 10 after spotting him driving a green Nissan Altima on Halls Ferry Road near North Frontage Road. Davis sped away, however, abandoned the car near 1507 Military Ave. and fled on foot, eluding police, said Stewart.

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Police found the 3-year-old, a girl, belted in the back seat of the car, and the drugs.

The child was turned over to her mother, who drove up to the site shortly after Davis fled.

It was not known how the mother knew the child was there.

She told police she was not aware the chase had occurred and thought Davis and the girl were going out to get something to eat.

Stewart said it was not known why the chase and finding the child and drugs had not been reported at the time.

Her relationship to Davis also had not been confirmed, but the child’s mother is believed to be Davis’ ex-girlfriend, he said.

Today’s arrest came after police served a search warrant at the Ken Karyl home and found Davis hiding in a back room under a blanket, said Stewart.

He was charged with two counts of sale of cocaine, possession of cocaine and felony child abuse-endangerment, said the lieutenant.

Bond was set at $85,000, and Davis was expected to be held at the Issaquena County Jail.

No charges were filed against the mother, Stewart said.

A Beretta 9-mm pistol found in the trunk of the Altima was sent to the state crime lab for analysis to see if it can be linked to Davis.

Stewart said Davis was convicted in 2005 of burglary and given a five-year prison sentence and recently completed probation.

If so, he would face further charges of being a felon in possession of a weapon.