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Biloxi man accused of leading police on high speed chase, ramming police vehicle

Michael Austin Ford (Photo source: Biloxi Police Department) Michael Austin Ford (Photo source: Biloxi Police Department)
BILOXI, MS (WLOX) -

An alleged drunk driver was tagged with a slew of charges after police say he led officers on a high speed chase through a Biloxi neighborhood and rammed a police vehicle early Saturday morning.

Biloxi Police Lt. Chris DeBack said 26-year-old Michael Austin Ford, of Biloxi, is charged with DUI-first offense, no driver's license, no insurance, possession of marijuana while operating a motor vehicle and felony eluding.

DeBack said officers responded to reports of a drunk driver in the area of Lackland Drive and Auburn Drive shortly before 6 a.m. Authorities said police saw Ford driving erratically northbound on Popps Ferry Road near Sunkist Country Club Road.

DeBack said Ford refused to stop for police and led officers on a chase down Camp Wilkes Road and through a stop sign at Brasher Road.

Authorities tell us Ford spun out and rammed a police vehicle in the 2000 block of Brasher Road, then continued to run from officers. DeBack said Ford finally stopped his vehicle in a yard on the 700 block of South Hill Court.

Officials said a Taser had to be used to take Ford into custody.

DeBack said Ford is being held at the Harrison County Jail on a $102,790 bond. Police tell us Ford was out on bond for charges of felony shoplifting and felony possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute at the time of this incident.

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