October 8, 2021

Four charged in accident with injuries during Tupelo police chase

Therese Apel

For men are facing charges in Tupelo after they refused to stop for police on Thursday and ended up colliding with another vehicle.

On Friday, Rayshod Goldthwaite, 18, of Birmingham, was charged with felony fleeing and his bond was set at $50,000, as police say he was the driver of the Dodge Charger involved in the pursuit. The remaining 3 adult suspects were each charged with misdemeanor disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. Additional charges could be filed as the investigation continues.

According to authorities, on Thursday around 8:30 pm, the Tupelo Police Street Crimes Unit attempted to stop the Dodge Charger on McCullough Road because it was speeding and had no tag. The Charger failed to stop and instead fled through the Clayton Avenue area to Blair Street, then to Rankin Boulevard and Main Street where it collided with a Toyota Camry.

The two adult occupants of the Camry were transported to the North Mississippi Medical Center for treatment. One was possibly injured, but the other appeared to be seriously injured. Neither injury, however, was thought to be life threatening.

The driver and occupants of the Charger fled on foot before three of the suspects were captured quickly. A concerned citizen reported that a possible fourth suspect was in the 300 block of South Gloster. That suspect was located and detained.

An inventory of the Charger revealed two handguns that were seized. The suspects were all transported to the Lee County jail with charges pending as the investigation continues.

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