Vicksburg man jailed for ramming wife’s car

Published 12:00 pm Monday, September 12, 2011

A Vicksburg man faces three counts of aggravated domestic assault after ramming a car containing his wife and her two children several times with his pickup Sunday morning, Warren County Sheriff Martin Pace said.

Pace said James Thomas, 33, 101 Shannon Drive, was being held without bond in the Warren County Jail pending an initial appearance today in justice court.

The sheriff said Thomas, his wife, Juanita, and the children, ages 12 and 17, were taken to River Region Medical Center, where they were treated and released.

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Pace said the couple had discussed a separation earlier in the day and she and the children left the home so he could move out. They were returning home about 11 in her Honda Accord when she saw Thomas in his 1977 Chevrolet in the 3000 block of Freetown Road heading in the opposite direction.

Pace said Thomas cut in front of his wife’s vehicle, forcing her off the road. After she drove back on the road, Thomas drove his truck into the car and rammed it, spinning it around.

When the car stopped, he rammed the front of it with his truck. Thomas then got out of the truck, took a large rock, broke out the driver’s side window and tried to pull his wife out of the car. He drove off just before a sheriff’s deputy arrived.

The deputy, Pace said, called in a description of Thomas’ truck, which was seen by a Mississippi Highway Safety Patrol trooper at Interstate 20 and Tiffintown Road in Bovina. The trooper followed Thomas, stopped him at a convenience store on Tiffintown Road and held him for deputies.