Suspect leads multiple agencies on chase in Harrison County

Suspect leads multiple agencies on chase in Harrison County
The chase ended at a property off of Canal Road. (Photo source: WLOX)
The chase ended at a property off of Canal Road. (Photo source: WLOX)

HARRISON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - A suspect is in custody after a wild chase came to an end in Harrison County Wednesday morning.

The frantic chase ended more than an hour after it began near 5th Avenue and 25th Street in Gulfport.

The Gulfport Police Department spotted a car that matched the description of one that was reported stolen, which prompted officers to take a closer look. That's when the driver of the car - 25-year-old Devon Kentdrell Nelson - took off, speeding through south Mississippi streets.

The police followed, but they eventually backed off after Nelson became too reckless. However, the chase was not over. The suspect continued into Long Beach along 28th Avenue, and turned north on Beatline Road.

The Harrison County Sheriff's Department joined Long Beach police to pick up the pursuit as Nelson headed east on I-10 exiting at Canal Road. Soon after, he crashed onto a nearby property off of Canal.

Then, he took off on foot into the woods scrambling through the property of a nearby trucking company, reportedly attacking one of the employees along the way.

Authorities found something surprising when they searched the vehicle.

"The vehicle he was driving is not stolen. It was a 2008 Chevy Impala, but the officers did locate a felony amount of narcotics in the vehicle," said Gulfport Sergeant Josh Bromen.

Officials also discovered that the suspect had several warrants out for his arrest. A chase on foot continued into the woods near the railroad. The chase finally ended after a Harrison County K-9 unit helped apprehend the runner.

After a medical check by paramedics, the suspect was carted off in handcuffs and charged with felony fleeing and possession of cocaine.

Nelson also had active warrants through Biloxi police, the Mississippi Department of Corrections, and in California, including two probation violations based on convictions for motor vehicle theft and carrying a concealed weapon.

The investigation is ongoing.

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