Suspect in theft of MHP patrol car captured

Sean Patrick Sharp (Photo Source: Mississippi Highway Patrol)

DECATUR, Miss. (WTOK) - The Decatur police chief said a suspect who stole an MHP patrol car Nov. 21 in Simpson County was captured in Newton County Sunday.

Chief Joedy Pennington said Sean Patrick Sharp was taken into custody on North 8th Ave. He was then handed over to the U.S. Marshals to be taken out of Newton County.

Pennington said they got wind of the suspect after a car chase in Decatur Friday, Nov. 30. He said Sharp ditched the car shortly after and then ran away. Another suspect was taken into custody at the scene.

A three day manhunt then ensued for Sharp in Newton County involving multiple law enforcement agencies. Pennington said Sharp was finally captured Sunday morning by authorities.

Some of the agencies that assisted in the manhunt included the Decatur Police Department, Newton County Sheriff’s Department, East Central Police Department, MDOT Law Enforcement and Mississippi Dept. of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks.

Sharp had been wanted on warrants out of Warren County when police tried to pull him over two weeks ago at a traffic stop. He allegedly stole the MHP car and then two other cars and had evaded law enforcement.

He now faces charges out of multiple districts.