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December 11, 2021

Car wrecks off Highway 25 in Rankin after police pursuit

Therese Apel


A suspect who allegedly rammed a police car led multiple agencies on a chase from Louisville into Rankin County around 6:30 p.m. Saturday.

Rankin County legal counsel Paul Holley said the initial call came out that a Louisville officer had been hit and that the suspect had fled from police. Rankin County asked several times to confirm the call and sent units in the direction of the pursuit.

Louisville police, Leake County, and Winston County were already in pursuit along with the Mississippi highway patrol, Holley said. Rankin County and Flowood joined the chase once it crossed the county line.

Deputies put out stop strips and were able to disable the suspect’s vehicle, which left the road, ran up an embankment, and ended up in some trees. There were mobile homes just yards from where the car stopped, but the trees shielded them from the runaway vehicle.

The suspect was trapped in his vehicle, complaining of lower body injuries. First responders removed him from the car and he was taken to the hospital by ambulance. Holley said all that is known about the suspect at this point is that he’s from North Carolina.

It turned out that the suspect had rammed an officer’s car rather than hitting an officer on foot. There were no injuries aside from those to the suspect himself.

This is a developing story. We will update as more information is available.

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