VPD looking for those involved in fight at L.D’s Lounge

Published 6:03 pm Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Vicksburg police have identified and charged 11 people involved in a Sunday morning fight at L.D’s Lounge and are offering them the opportunity to turn themselves in, Police Chief Milton Moore said.

The fight, which occurred about 12:30 a.m. Sunday, was videoed by patrons at L.D.’s and put on Facebook, Moore said. He said no weapons were involved and no one was reported injured. He said L.D.’s was allowed to remain open.

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He said the suspects were identified using surveillance videos from the lounge and the Facebook video. He said owner L.D. Prentiss has agreed to file charges against the individuals.

“We have issued warrants for the people we have identified and will contact them and let them know about the warrants,” he said. “We’re going to give them a choice — turn yourself in and you may be released on your own recognizance. If we have to come get you, you’ll have to post bond.”

Moore said the people identified will be charged with disturbance of a business, which is a misdemeanor and punished by a $592 fine.

In other cases:

• Bond was set for two men accused of trying to flee a deputy Vicksburg police chief and crashing into a utility truck at the intersection of Indiana Avenue and Lee Road Friday.

Bond for Jetherell Drayton, 19, 7699 Halls Ferry Road, was set at $100,000, and at a $20,000 bond was set for Keithan Ward, 20, 146 Smith Place, during an initial appearance in Municipal Court.

Drayton is charged with possession of a controlled substance, possession of a stolen weapon, possession of a weapon by a convicted felon, and felony eluding in connection with the incident. He was on probation for a 2015 armed robbery at the time of his arrest.

Ward was charged with possession of a controlled substance and possession of a stolen weapon. He was out on bond for a burglary indictment.

The chase occurred about noon Friday when Drayton was driving on Porters Chapel Road at a high rate of speed and came behind a car driven by deputy police chief Eric Paymon. Drayton passed Paymon, almost forcing him off the road. When Paymon turned on his blue lights, Drayton attempted to elude him.

The chase went from Porters Chapel to Indiana Avenue, ending at Lee Road when Drayton attempted to make a right turn, lost control of the car and struck a utility truck owned by DTM Services of Arkansas that was parked on the right shoulder of the road. The men fled on foot and were later arrested.

• Eric Andre Jackson, 45, 1708 South St., was arrested Monday on a warrant from the Louisiana Department of Corrections for probation violation.

About John Surratt

John Surratt is a graduate of Louisiana State University with a degree in general studies. He has worked as an editor, reporter and photographer for newspapers in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. He has been a member of The Vicksburg Post staff since 2011 and covers city government. He and his wife attend St. Paul Catholic Church and he is a member of the Port City Kiwanis Club.

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