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Police continue investigation of high-speed chase that left 1 dead

Harrison County Sheriff's Department, Harrison County Fire Department and Gulfport Police Department work the scene of a crash after a car fled deputies on Thursday. (Photo source: WLOX News) Harrison County Sheriff's Department, Harrison County Fire Department and Gulfport Police Department work the scene of a crash after a car fled deputies on Thursday. (Photo source: WLOX News)
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Thursday evening, officials continue to piece together why they were led on a high-speed chase through Harrison County that ended with one person dead, another injured and a witness fearing for her life.

The female driver of the vehicle fleeing deputies has been identified by Harrison County Corner Gary Hargrove as 37-year-old Shantel Seay of Saucier.

It started when Harrison County Sheriff’s deputies tried to stop a 2003 Chevy Trailblazer for reckless driving around 2:30 p.m. Thursday near Canal and Landon roads.

However, Seay did not stop and continued west.

Deputies tried to stop the vehicle using spike strips near the intersection of Landon and County Farm roads, and it was there Temeka Dunn thought she would be a victim.

“She almost hit me. Yeah, she almost hit me,” Dunn said. “She was very close. I was praying to God that she didn’t. But she was very close.”

Dunn says she stopped when she saw the spikes in the street.

“As they approached me, I kind of got over a little bit more,” Dunn said. “They passed me up doing about 100 miles per hour. They passed up both of the speed things they had out there — the spikes — they passed those up, kept on going. So I said let me go and follow them and see what’s going on.”

The chase continued onto Wolf River Road, where Seay lost control near Jason Drive and flipped several times. Both the driver and passenger were ejected, and the truck went into the lake. 

Seay was pronounced dead on the scene, the passenger was taken to Garden Park Hospital and underwent surgery. His condition, and identity, is unknown at this time.

“The man, the guy that was in the ditch, he started moving,” Dunn said. “But the young girl that was on top, she was lifeless.”

The Harrison County Sheriff’s Department, Harrison County Fire Department and Gulfport Police responded to the scene. Wolf River Road was closed for hours while investigators pieced together the evidence.

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