Suspect leads deputies on high-speed chase

Published: Jun. 30, 2020 at 5:07 PM CDT
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CLARKE COUNTY, Miss. (WTOK) - One man is in custody after leading authorities on a high-speed chase Tuesday afternoon that started in the city of Meridian.

Sheriff Billy Sollie says a deputy attempted to pull over a red Impala near Highway 19 N just before 2:00 p.m. but the driver refused to stop.

Deputies pursued the car onto the interstate and down I-59 South into Clarke County.

Authorities say the suspect pulled into the median near Pachuta before getting out to run.

“The deputies that were behind the vehicle said they were running around 110 mph. Traffic was fairly light on the interstate,” Sollie said.

Sheriff Sollie says the car was reported stolen from DeSoto County.

“He fled on foot and was captured by Clarke County deputies near a wooded area. Good day for law enforcement. Nobody got hurt. The suspect’s not hurt. He’s going to jail,” Clarke County Sheriff Todd Kemp said.

Jeremiah Booker, 18, has been charged with fleeing and eluding in a motor vehicle and felony taking of a motor vehicle.

This is the second high-speed chase within a week that involved multiple agencies working together to apprehend a suspect.

Last week a man escaped from a Washington County, Ala., jail and was captured on Highway 45 in Lauderdale County.

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