City man jailed for eluding deputies, wreck

Published 11:42 pm Saturday, December 31, 2011

A Vicksburg man who had a traffic accident while fleeing Warren County sheriff’s deputies is accused of felony eluding and could face other charges stemming from the incident, Warren County Sheriff Martin Pace said.

Pace said Robert Earl Wheatley, 32, 1413 Jackson St., was being held without bond in the Warren County Jail. He said Wheatley could face traffic charges and possible child endangerment charges because Wheatley’s 4-year-old son was in the car. Pace said the case will be presented to the district attorney’s office for review Tuesday.

Pace said deputies stopped Wheatley’s car about 11:32 p.m. Friday in the 6500 block of Paxton Road. An out-of-state license check came back suspended and also that Wheatley had outstanding misdemeanor warrants from Vicksburg police.

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When a deputy approached Wheatley’s car about the license, Wheatley drove off, Pace said.

Wheatley drove south on Mississippi 27, where his car hit the rear of a southbound 1994 Cadillac driven by Bianca Larry of Vicksburg that was turning off the highway onto Watkins Road near China Grove Road.

After hitting the car, Wheatley got out of his car and fled on foot down China Grove, where he jumped a fence into a pasture, and was caught by deputies, Pace said. Deputies found the child in the front seat of the car after taking Wheatley into custody.

The sheriff said the child was not injured and was released to his mother. Larry was treated and released from River Region Medical Center.