Sheriff: Suspect started setting fires after vehicle chase

Sheriff: Suspect started setting fires after vehicle chase
Casee Swetman (Photo source: Harrison County jail docket)
Casee Swetman (Photo source: Harrison County jail docket)

HARRISON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - A man and woman are in custody after a chase that started in Harrison County ended in Stone County.

Harrison County Sheriff Troy Peterson said a deputy attempted to pull over a Ford truck with no tag on Shaw Rd. around 8 a.m.

Peterson said the driver sped off and led deputies on a chase through rural back roads. The vehicle chase ended at the end of a dirt road in Stone County when the man and woman bailed out and took off on foot.

Peterson said the female suspect, identified as Casee Swetman, was quickly apprehended by a K9 unit, but the man ran through the woods, setting six small fires as he ran. Harrison County Fire Chief Pat Sullivan said crews extinguished the fires near Ridge Rd.

Peterson identified the man as William Robert Young, of Perkinston. Young, 26, was arrested shortly after 10 a.m.

Peterson said Young has been charged with felony fleeing, and his bond was set at $250,000. More charges are pending through the State Fire Marshall's Office.

Peterson said Swetman, 24, was bitten by the K9 unit. She was treated for her wounds at Memorial Hospital in Gulfport. Swetman is charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. Her bond was set at $1,000.

Stone County resident Mary Bond, who lives near where the chase ended, said the situation was terrifying.

"'Oh God, is he coming to my house?' That's what I was thinking," said Bond. "I got a phone call from the fire department, said there was a guy setting woods on fire, and he was running from the law. I locked my doors."

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