Jones County Sheriff’s Division deputies, together with a K9, helped take a chew out of crime Tuesday when two high-speed pursuits in a span of lower than three hours led to the arrests of 4 folks.
A inexperienced SUV was approaching a “security checkpoint” on the intersection of Glade-Paulding and Tom Windham roads simply after 1 p.m. when the car accelerated and the motive force “steered towards” deputies in “an try and strike us,” in accordance with the report by Sgt. Derick Knight.
The car then sped up and deputies gave chase of their autos. The suspect ran one car off the street and virtually hit jogger Joey Decuir, who just lately retired from the Laurel Police Division, on Slaughter Pen Street earlier than turning again towards Laurel and crashing right into a grassy space close to Tallahala Creek at a comfort retailer on Freeway 15 South.
The suspects received out of the car and the motive force went to the passenger’s facet “trying to cover one thing or retrieve one thing,” the report continued. Knight approached the SUV with K9 Oblix by his facet.
“I might see that the rear passenger facet occupant was trying to cover one thing or attain for one thing beneath the seat close to the floorboard space,” Knight wrote, so he ordered him “a number of instances” to point out his palms. The driving force additionally had his palms in his pockets and refused to point out them, Knight added.
“Because of the negligent disregard” that had been proven for the deputies’ lives and the likelihood that the suspect was “reaching for a firearm or one other kind of weapon,” Knight — who was alone and “outnumbered” — made the choice to deploy his K9.
Oblix bit suspect Brandon Polk, 22, of Ellisville on the leg after which Knight took driver Mekail Thomas, 31, of Ellisville to the bottom after he didn’t adjust to orders, in accordance with the report.
Polk was preventing with Oblix “in an try and hurt him” so the K9 “bit him a number of instances on the higher leg and thigh space and the decrease leg space as a result of him preventing,” in accordance with the report.
Each suspects have been taken into custody with out additional incident and Knight referred to as an ambulance to move Polk to the hospital to get his dog-bite wounds tended to and was then taken to the Jones County Grownup Detention Middle.
JCSD narcotics brokers arrived and took over the investigation, seizing “a big quantity” of money, the report concluded.
Thomas was charged with felony fleeing, DUI-other, easy assault on a police officer, no insurance coverage and 4 seatbelt violations for him and his three passengers.
Polk was charged with resisting arrest and failure to adjust to instructions by deputies. The 2 different males within the car have been detained on an investigative maintain by JCSD narcotics investigators.
Simply after 3:15 p.m., the identical deputies have been working one other security checkpoint on the intersection of Decrease Myrick Street and Triangle Drive when a driver tried to elude the checkpoint.
Melody Lewis, 24, of Buckatunna led deputies on a pursuit down Triangle Drive, Glade-Dummy Line Street, Freeway 15 South and ultimately onto Blondie Street earlier than pulling into the driveway of a residence and working into the house. Passenger Kalyn Jones, 21, of Laurel stopped on the entrance porch. Jones tried to cease deputies from getting into the residence and from arresting Lewis, in accordance with the report. She was arrested and charged with interference with duties of police and disorderly conduct.
Knight then went into the residence and noticed Lewis sitting in a chair subsequent to the home-owner. When he tried to arrest her, she “pulled away” and “refused to position her palms behind her again,” in accordance with the report. Knight needed to “forcefully” cuff her as she “continued to drag away” and curse at deputies, he wrote.
Two Diazepam tablets have been found contained in the automotive Lewis was driving and he or she admitted to taking the prescription drug previous to the pursuit, in accordance with the report. She had “dilated and bloodshot eyes and was extraordinarily irate and jittery,” in accordance with the report.
Lewis was arrested and charged with DUI-other, possession of managed substance, resisting arrest, failure to yield to blue lights, reckless driving, no insurance coverage, no license and seatbelt violation. As well as, she had an impressive warrant for failure to conform issued by the Ellisville Police Division.
The home-owner whose residence Lewis and Jones fled to suggested he didn’t need them on his property.
JCSD deputies Knight, Chase Smith and James Smith have been working a Particular Site visitors Enforcement Program extra time element on the time of the pursuits. STEP extra time particulars are funded by way of a grant from the Mississippi Workplace of Freeway Security.
“Nice job by Sergeant Derick Knight with K9 Oblix, Deputy Chase Smith and Deputy James Smith throughout these two pursuits,” Sheriff Joe Berlin stated.