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Gulfport police identify suspect in Tuesday chase

Andrew Loyd Clarke, Jr. (Photo source: Gulfport Police Department) Andrew Loyd Clarke, Jr. (Photo source: Gulfport Police Department)
GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) -

Police have identified the suspect charged with leading officers on a chase through Gulfport and into Pass Christian on Tuesday.

Andrew Loyd Clarke, Jr., 31, is charged with felony fleeing, eluding a police officer, and two counts of aggravated assault of a police officer.

Sgt. Joshua Bromen, with the Gulfport Police Department, said the chase started while officers were responding to a report of an armed man at the Exxon gas station on Hwy. 49 around 6:45 a.m.

Officers spotted Clarke driving on Dedeaux Rd. near Three Rivers Rd. and attempted to stop him. Bromen said he refused to stop and the chase was on.

Part of the chase at Dedeaux Rd. and Three Rivers Rd. was caught on tape.

During the chase, Bromen said Clarke put his SUV in reverse and rammed a police vehicle. Clarke also reportedly swerved toward an officer who was trying to put out spike strips.

The chase continued onto I-10, and Clarke was eventually arrested on Firetower Rd. in Pass Christian with the help of a K9 unit.

Clarke was taken to the hospital for medical attention that had nothing to do with his encounter with officers, Police Chief Leonard Papania said. Clarke was released from the hospital and was arrested without incident Thursday on 21st St.

Clarke was booked into the Harrison County jail on a $250,000 bond.

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