July 10, 2023

Woman arrested after leading authorities on chase from Pearl

Therese Apel

A woman sustained dog bite injuries after a police chase Monday that started in Pearl, authorities said.

A Pearl police officer stopped a vehicle on I-20 eastbound just before 6p Monday evening for a traffic violation. When the officer approached the driver’s door, the female driver fled and continued eastbound on I-20. Pearl pursued and notified other Rankin County law enforcement.

The driver made it just east of the Pelahatchie exit when Rankin County Deputies deployed spike strips and blew out a front tire. The vehicle came to a stop and the driver fled the car on the side of the interstate.

She was apprehended after being bitten by a Rankin County K9. The driver was taken to the hospital for treatment due to the bite. Officers found a large amount of narcotics in the vehicle.

The driver is identified as Bessie Henrietta Jackson, 47, from Conyers, Georgia.
Jackson has active warrants out of Georgia for drug and weapons charges.

When released from the hospital, she will be charged by Pearl PD with felony fleeing and possession of controlled substances with intent to distribute.

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