OCEAN SPRINGS -- Something smashed the prominent brick wall at the entrance to Fort Bayou Estates over the weekend -- the one off U.S. 90 near downtown that looked like a castle.
What hit it, police said, was a blue Dodge Dakota pickup truck driven by Joshua Boone, 29, who was on his way home to an apartment complex in the subdivision.
He hit the entrance wall about 9:30 p.m. Saturday and kept going, police said. Remnants have been in a jumbled heap all week, but by Thursday it was wrapped in caution tape.
So what happened?
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Patrolman Jason Lambert said he heard a loud crash while he was checking a nearby business on U.S. 90 on Saturday night. According to Lambert's report, Boone left U.S. 90 and his truck smashed the brick entry wall. He continued into the subdivision going the wrong way -- north in the southbound lane.
Lambert tried to stop him but Boone sped up, according to the report. Lambert followed him down three roads in the neighborhood at speeds of up to 60 mph until "the driver of the truck went through the yard of 3300 Nottingham Road, causing damage to a tree and some brickwork."
Lambert said, Boone pulled back onto Nottingham and spun around, got out of the truck and ran about 20 yards before Lambert caught and cuffed him.
Police booked Boone on charges of eluding police, leaving the scene, suspended driver's license, reckless driving and no insurance card.