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Man faces charges after car, foot pursuit

A Jackson man being held in the Warren County Jail faces escape charges following his arrest Friday morning after a car chase and foot pursuit.

The man’s name was not released pending verification of his identity through fingerprints.

He is being held without bail in the county jail pending an initial appearance in Warren County Justice Court. He faces charges of escape and felony eluding in Warren County besides the pending charges in Jackson, Warren County Sheriff Martin Pace said.

Pace said the events leading to the man’s arrest began about 11 a.m. Friday when Vicksburg-Warren County 911 dispatchers were notified that Jackson police officers were pursuing a car westbound on Interstate 20 entering Warren County.

After Warren County deputies joined in the chase outside the Vicksburg city limits, the driver of the car left I-20 at Clay Street and went to Old Highway 27. He then turned around and got on I-20 eastbound, where he later lost control and wrecked the car in the highway median at the 7-mile marker.

Pace said the driver was taken into custody after the wreck and a woman who was with him was held for identification. The woman, he said, was not charged and later released after giving a statement.

The man was put in the back of a Jackson police car, but manage to escape and ran into a wooded area south of I-20.

“We scrambled units to Highway 80 to come in that way, and we went in behind him and several deputies came in from the other side,” Pace said. “We took him into custody in a home that was being constructed in the 200 block of Cockrell Road.”

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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