Biloxi cruisers disabled by Harrison Co. spike strips during chase

James Kittle (Photo source: Biloxi Police Dept.)
James Kittle (Photo source: Biloxi Police Dept.)

HARRISON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - HARRISON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - A simple burglary charge turned into a list of other crimes for a Saucier man who police say led a dangerous chase through Harrison County.

Biloxi Police say James Kittle, 30, was originally a suspect in a burglary. When he fled from officers, they followed Kittle into the county where Harrison County Sheriff's deputies joined the pursuit.

The Sheriff's deputies took the lead after two Biloxi cruisers were disabled by Harrison County's spike strips.

When Kittle headed south on Highway 67, authorities say he lost control of his vehicle and spun out in the median. As a deputy got out of his car to arrest Kittle, investigators say the suspect regained control and drove toward the deputy. The deputy then fired several rounds into Kittle's truck, but the suspect fled South.

Eventually, Kittle collided with a Sheriff's department cruiser near the Promenade Shopping Center in D'Iberville. Deputies say Kittle ran off, but was eventually found behind a business in the shopping center.

Kittle now faces charges of burglary and felony eluding from Biloxi Police, as well as two counts of aggravated assault on an officer, leaving the scene of an accident, and resisting arrest from the Sheriff's department.

Kittle is being held at the Harrison County Adult Detention Center on a $300,000 fine.

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