June 19, 2023

Jones County makes arrest after pursuit, manhunt

Therese Apel

Dylan Page

An overnight Sunday high speed pursuit that started in Jones County involving an 18-year-old male who allegedly pointed a gun at convenience store employees and a customer, ended following a manhunt in Wayne County.

Jones County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Drew Morecraft attempted a traffic stop on a Ford F-350 work truck on Highway 84 East after the male driver allegedly pointed a gun at employees and a customer at the Exxon Convenience Store & Truck Stop on Highway 84 East in the city limits of Laurel. The subject, later identified as Dylan Page of Waynesboro, fled in the pickup leading Deputy Morecraft and K-9 Handler/Corporal La-Dean Byrd on a high speed pursuit into Wayne County on Highway 84 East.

Page eventually stopped his vehicle near Strengthford Road at Highway 84 East and fled into the woods on foot. JCSD K9 Bolo was deployed with K9 Handler Corporal La-Dean Byrd and a nearly three mile suspect track was performed over the course of approximately two hours. Units from the Wayne County Sheriff’s Department and Mississippi Highway Patrol assisted with the search for Page. As the K9 track and search continued, Page was spotted and a foot chase with deputies and a trooper ensued. Page was taken into custody and was combative with arresting officers. Page was transported to the Jones County Adult Detention Facility where he is charged with the following:

Failure To Yield To Blue Lights
Reckless Driving
Resisting Arrest
Felony Fleeing In Motor Vehicle
Disorderly Conduct
Possession of a Controlled Substance While In Possession of a Firearm

“Great job by JCSD Corporal La-Dean Byrd and K9 Bolo, JCSD Deputy Drew Morecraft, and the law enforcement officers from the Wayne County Sheriff’s Department and the Mississippi Highway Patrol who captured Dylan Page following the high speed pursuit, manhunt, and foot chase,” said Sheriff Joe Berlin. “The investigation into Dylan Page’s actions continues and should additional charges be warranted, they will be filed by our department.”

Page remains incarcerated at the Jones County Adult Detention Facility pending his initial appearance in Jones County Justice Court.

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