Warren County Sheriff’s Deputies, Vicksburg Police assist in capture of car thief

Published 10:57 pm Monday, October 11, 2021

An attempt by a man driving a stolen car to elude Clinton police officers ended when he crashed the vehicle east of the westbound Indiana Avenue exit in Vicksburg.

The wreck occurred about 7:30 p.m. on Monday.

Warren County Sheriff Martin Pace said authorities received information that the man had stolen the car in Jackson and was headed toward Vicksburg on Interstate 20 with the Clinton officers in pursuit.

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He said sheriff’s deputies and Vicksburg police officers blocked off exits along I-20 to prevent the man from leaving the highway and going on Vicksburg streets.

As the chase entered the city, the man lost control going into a sharp curve on I-20 and crashed the truck on a railing near the Indiana Avenue exit. He was taken into custody by Clinton police.

The chase was the second of the day for sheriff’s deputies.

About 5:30 p.m., deputies received a call from a couple on MS 27 that they saw a man steal their pickup on MS 27.

Deputy Dusty Keyes was northbound on MS 27 when he saw the truck heading south and attempted to stop it, but the driver drove away. Keyes followed the car, attempting several times to stop the truck, which collided with a car at the intersection of MS 27 and U.S. 80.

The man then got out of the car and ran off with Keyes and another deputy in pursuit. They later took the man into custody. The man’s identity was not released. Pace said he refused to talk to deputies and he had no ID.

The case remains under investigation.

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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