JACKSON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - A high-speed chase in Jackson County ended with a crash that sent the suspect to the hospital with a broken nose.
Sheriff Mike Ezell said a deputy first made contact with the vehicle Sunday morning when they noticed it was stopped on the side of Hwy. 63. Three people were in the vehicle, and they reportedly told the deputy they ran out of gas and didn't need help.
Ezell said the deputy noticed the same car speeding just minutes later and attempted a traffic stop. The driver, identified as Jataurus Devondre Carter, allegedly refused to stop and continued speeding toward Moss Point.
Ezell said Carter, 23, got out of the car and ran after hitting a brick church sign on Martin Luther King Blvd. Carter tossed a loaded handgun to the ground while he was running through a field, Ezell said.
Deputies caught Carter a short time later with the help of Moss Point police officers. Ezell said Carter's nose was broken in the crash, and he was treated at an area hospital. The two passengers in the car were also hurt, but Ezell said it's unclear how severe the injuries were.
Carter is now behind bars at the Jackson County Adult Detention Center without bond. He is charged with felony pursuit and two misdemeanors.
Ezell said the Mobile County Sheriff's Department has a hold on Carter for burglary charges, and he is also charged with shoplifting from a store in Lucedale. Items stolen from the store were reportedly found in the truck of Carter's car.