Bank Robbery Leads To High-Speed Chase

Gulfport Police have charged a Louisiana man with armed robbery after he allegedly held up the AmSouth bank Friday.

Louis Steven Brown, 42, then led officers on a high speed chase almost to Louisiana.

Brown had no identification on him when he was arrested, and it took police most of the day to positively identify him.

Police say around 10:40 a.m., Brown walked into the AmSouth Bank on Highway 49, showed a note that said he had a gun and demanded money. Brown then drove off in a blue Ford Taurus headed toward the interstate.

Witnesses saw Brown leave and alerted police.

Gulfport officers began chasing him for about 35 miles through Harrison County and into Hancock County almost to the Louisiana line.

A Hancock Sheriff's car collided with an 18-wheeler during the chase. The deputy wasn't injured. It was the action of another Hancock County deputy that stopped Brown.

"One of the Hancock County units placed some spike strips on I-10 to flatten the tires," Officer Paul Bennett with the Gulfport Police Department said. "The individual apparently saw the spike strips and tried to avoid them and as he did, he lost control of the vehicle and ran off the roadway and down into a ditch."

Two Gulfport patrol cars were damaged when officers tried to avoid another wreck on the interstate. The officers were not hurt.

Louis Steven Brown was being held in the Harrison County jail, and bail was set at $250,000. Police say Brown could be linked to several bank robberies in Louisiana. Law enforcers there are checking for any connection.