Harrison County

Police say man led them on a wild chase — by car and bare feet

Police said a man led them on a chase — both in a vehicle and on foot — Tuesday morning that ended with an arrest.

Harrison County Sheriff Troy Peterson said Devon Kentdrell Nelson, 25, was arrested on charges of felony fleeing, possession of crack cocaine and switching the license plate on a car.

Joshua Bromen, Gulfport police public information officer, said police found a car that matched the description of a 2008 silver Chevy Impala reported stolen about 9 a.m. Tuesday. Bromen said when officers stopped the car near 5th Avenue and 25th Street and tried to approach it, the driver drove away.

Bromen said police followed the car but had to abandon the chase near 34th Street because of the driver’s “erratic and dangerous” driving.

Long Beach police and Harrison County deputies joined the chase, which ended when the Impala crashed near Canal Road and Interstate 10.

The man got out of the car and ran away, though he was barefoot. He was arrested after a Harrison County K-9 unit found him hiding in the woods, Bromen said.

Bromen said a “felony amount of narcotics was found in the vehicle.” He said Nelson had outstanding warrants with the state Department of Corrections, in Biloxi and in California. He has not been arrested on any car-theft charge.

Peterson said bond has been set for $100,000 for Nelson.