HARRISON COUNTY, Miss. (WLOX) - One Gulfport man is behind bars after leading police on a high-speed chase Tuesday morning, say authorities.
Charles Lamond Gill, 44, was apprehended by a Harrison County K9 after officers with the Gulfport Police Department used spike strips to stop the Chevy Tahoe he was traveling in.
Harrison County Sheriff’s Department said they received a call just before 6 a.m. about a suspicious vehicle in the driveway of a house on Steeple Chase Drive. When a squad car arrived, the Tahoe drove off, tearing through several yards in the neighborhood and out on to Highway 49.
That vehicle belongs to Gill’s estranged wife, said authorities, adding that the woman and her children were not in the vehicle when it was taken.
Calls began coming in to the WLOX newsroom just before 6 a.m. that a vehicle was fleeing from law enforcement on Highway 49. The vehicle got on the I-10 ramp headed west and crashed shortly after at mile marker 29, just past the Canal Road exit.
Gill, who suffered minor injuries in the crash, was arrested at that time. According to the Harrison County jail docket, he faces misdemeanor charges of reckless driving, failure to comply, resisting arrest, DUI, and failure to yield to blue lights and siren.
Gill also faces a felony charge of possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute after a white powdery substance found in his possession was determined to be 21.6 grams of cocaine.
The crash caused traffic delays on the interstate for close to an hour as authorities worked to arrest the suspect, investigate, and clear the wreckage.
Gill is held at the Harrison County jail in lieu of a $38,000 bond set by Justice Court Judge Brandon Ladner pending an initial appearance.