Driver Plows Through Marion Neighborhood

By: Stephen Bowers Email
By: Stephen Bowers Email

A Marion neighborhood got a rude awakening Monday morning when police say a driver refused to stop for a Lauderdale County deputy, who was attempting a routine traffic stop.

Marion Police Chief Ben Langston said 57-year-old Bobby Ray Carlisle led the deputy through the backyards of a Marion neighborhood and then slammed
into a garage of a house that is under construction. He slammed into the back wall of the garage before police say he ran into a nearby wooded area.
Marion police were still looking for the suspect late Monday.

"The car actually almost came through the car port, or garage area, and almost made an exit out the back part through the brick," said Langston.

Two passengers were in the car. One bailed out and rolled beneath the car and was hit. Langston said she was taken to a local hospital. The other passenger was questioned and released.

Chief Langston said Carlisle fled through Texaco and Chevron parking lots before racing through back yards and around houses at speeds that witnesses say were up to 60 mph. Those same witnesses said he even went air born and nearly hit a construction worker.

"He came up through the subdivision here, as you can see through there," said Ralph E. Emerson, pointing to a spot. "Came up these people's back yards, and I was steadily watching him. I just knew he was going to hit this house right here."

"The area was pretty thick with briers and all. He got through, so we're still seeking him," Langston said.


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  • by Anonymous on Aug 11, 2009 at 10:41 AM
    Yall Johhny is a crackhead and constantly staying in trouble his track record is as long as my arm. Constantly in and out of jail in which it seems everytime he gets nothing more than just a pat on the back of the hand. I hope this time when they get him they will lock him for good. In fact those people want see a dime of that money from Johnny I don't think the fool has ever held a job.
  • by Observer Location: local area on Aug 11, 2009 at 05:29 AM
    I find it amusuing that the Marion Police Department never seems to be able to catch anyone on their own and usually requests the assistance of other agencies to do so. Just as the Town of Marion is a parasite on the City of Meridian using the water and sewage fees charged to it's residents with the product funnled through the Meridian system to survive, their Police Department (especially their Chief) always pleads for assistance from the LCSO or MPD, just as their "Town" Fire Department is volunteer and is also supported by the taxes of the rest of Lauderdale County. Why doesn't the "Town" of Marion raise taxes, field a real Police Department, and stop asking others to do their job? Of course we all know this will never happen as long as they can sponge off of other agencies. The "Town" of Marion and it's "Chief" have become a tick especially on the back of the LCSO which has to back them up most times and also on the MPD at times.
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