MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK) -- UPDATE:
Cory Joseph Boutin faces multiple traffic violations, including felony fleeing, after leading authorities on a high-speed chase Thursday afternoon.
Car involved in the chase (Photo Source: WTOK-TV)
Investigators say Boutin tried to shake police by turning off on several side roads then finally doubled back and made his way back into Meridian. Officers were finally able to shut down the pursuit on 29th avenue by deploying spike strips and performing a "pit" maneuver on the Mercedes SUV..
"It was determined that the individual was endangering himself and others. So a decision was made to utilize our certified deputy in a pit maneuver to deploy his skills and render the vehicle non-drivable," Lauderdale County Sheriff Billy Sollie said.
People who saw the chase tell us they're glad no one was hurt .
"From there, the black truck comes around the interstate and hands are out the window. I mean they were on it. They did a good job and kind of a scary and intense moment there for a while," eyewitness Jerry Butler said.
"I was back in the shop working and heard sirens going off for the past little bit and i come running out, dude comes running out of the shop saying, 'hey man you just missed it. They just pit maneuvered a guy out front. So I come out here and yes it was a big mess going on out here," Zac Giesbrecht said.
Lauderdale County Sheriff Billy Sollie says that this could have ended badly, but quick action and teamwork from both his deputies and Meridian Police Department helped end the pursuit
"Anytime you have an individual that has lost his concern for his safety as well as the motoring public, you need to remove that individual from the roadway as quickly as possible," Sheriff Sollie said.
Authorities haven't stated "why" Boutin ran from officers.
Multiple suspects have been arrested after a high-speed chase through Meridian and Lauderdale County.
The chase ended around 12:20 pm. along South Frontage Road. The driver was taken into custody there by the Meridian Police Department and Lauderdale County Sheriff's Department. Speeds reached up to 100 miles per hour.
Law enforcement tells us the chase was initiated after the suspects failed to stop for a routine traffic stop.
Newscenter 11 also spotted a suspect who was being detained near the Circle K gas station just off Highway 145.