Chase reaches speeds of 150+

By WLOX Staff

HARRISON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - A Saucier man is in jail after authorities say he led them on a chase through three counties Friday afternoon with speeds exceeding 150 miles per hour.

Joshua Hinton, 21, is charged with felony evasion, felony aggravated assault on a police officer, as well as a long list of traffic violations.

Corporal Johnny Poulos of the Mississippi Highway Patrol told WLOX News the chase began after a trooper clocked Hinton driving his motorcycle as a speed of 120 mph on U.S. Highway 67 near St. Patrick High School in Harrison County.

Poulos said Hinton headed south on Highway 67 with a trooper in pursuit. Another state trooper set up a lane block at Lamey Bridge Road. Poulos said Hinton tried to run over the trooper waiting at the road block and that trooper was able jump out of the way of the speeding motorcycle.

Poulos said Hinton blew past that roadblock going more than 150 miles per hour.  Hinton then continued to Highway 15, where Poulos said he ran almost collided with a motorist, running that vehicle off the road.   The two people in that vehicle were not hurt.

The chase continued north into Stone County and then east on Highway 26 into George County.  Poulos said Hinton had a substantial lead on officers when he pulled off the highway into a convenience store parking lot.  That's where authorities apprehended Hinton.

Poulos said Hinton apparently stopped because he didn't know where he was.

Multiple law enforcement agencies assisted the Highway Patrol in the chase, including the Stone County Sheriff's Department, the George County Sheriff's Department, the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics and the U.S. Forestry Service.

Saucier is being held in the Harrison County jail.

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