November 15, 2021

Jones County involved in 4-county pursuit, 2 arrested

Therese Apel

David Keyes and Cristen Horne

An overnight high speed vehicle pursuit covered two counties and involved four law enforcement agencies on Sunday.

The Covington County Sheriff’s Department initiated the pursuit of a Kia Rio at approximately 9:30pm on Sunday in Covington County. The pursuit continued on Highway 84 heading east into Jones County. Covington County terminated the pursuit after the vehicle entered Jones County and was then picked up by the Jones County Sheriff’s Department.

The Kia Rio was traveling well in excess of 100 mph and refused to stop as JCSD units pursued the vehicle along Highway 84 West leading east into the city limits of Laurel. The Laurel Police Department entered the pursuit which led along 16th Avenue to Interstate 59 heading south. The fleeing driver continued south on I-59 passing through Ellisville where the Ellisville Police Department joined the pursuit.

The chase continued to the 78 mile marker on I-59 South where the driver stopped and surrendered to law enforcement officers from JCSD, Laurel police, and Ellisville police.

The driver, identified as David Keyes, age 22, from Collins, and a passenger, identified as Cristen Horne, age 28, from Laurel, were both arrested.

Keyes is charged with felony fleeing In a motor vehicle, no drivers license, and no insurance. Horne is charged with simple assault arising from a Jones County Justice Court warrant.

No one was injured and no law enforcement or civilian vehicles were reported damaged in the pursuit.

“Great job by all four law enforcement agencies involved in the pursuit last night. For unknown reasons, David Keyes chose to endanger himself, his passenger, law enforcement officers, and civilians by fleeing a traffic stop,” said Sheriff Joe Berlin. “Teamwork by pursuing deputies and police officers and great coordination with Jones County EOC 911 dispatchers led to a safe conclusion to this high speed pursuit.”

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