Meridian, Miss. The Meridian Police Department continues to search for a man involved in a high-speed chase around 9:00 on Saturday night.
Police cars swarmed the intersection of Poplar Springs Drive and 27th Street after Lt. John Griffith says a routine traffic stop turned into a high-speed chase which lasted for five blocks before ending at Poplar Springs and 27th. Griffith tells Newscenter 11 as soon as the car stopped, the driver got out of the car and fled on foot. Four other people were also in the car at the time of the incident. Officers attempted to chase down the driver after he ran away from them, but at last check, he still had not been captured.
What made this situation even more dangerous is that speeds during the chase reached as high as 70 miles per hour. This is on a stretch of road where the speed limit is 30 miles per hour. Residents living in the area tell Newscenter 11 they heard the chase and the commotion that followed, putting them on edge, especially since one resident tells us she was never notified by law enforcement that a man was on the loose in her neighborhood.
If you have any information about the suspect in this case, you can call Crimestoppers at 601-485-1860. You can also call 311.