‘Drug house’ driver leads car chase in Jackson County, escapes

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An unidentified man authorities encountered during a drug-enforcement operation is at large after a high-speed chase that began in Escatawpa on Thursday afternoon.

Jackson County deputies conducting surveillance on a “known drug house” saw a car leave the home shortly after 2 p.m., sheriff’s Capt. Curtis Spiers said.

The deputies followed it onto Mississippi 613 and tried to pull it over, but the driver refused, instead speeding up and driving away, Spiers said.

During the pursuit, the deputies saw the driver toss items from the car several times along the highway and run other vehicles off the road.

“He ran several vehicles off the road,” Spiers said.

Other patrol cars took up the chase and set up spike strips along the highway, which flattened the car’s tires and slowed it down, Spiers said. This prompted the driver to turn onto a dirt road, then drive across an empty field.

While in the field, he got out of the vehicle and ran into nearby woods, where deputies lost him, Spiers said.

However, officers searched several areas along the highway and recovered the items thrown from the car, which included drugs and paraphernalia, Spiers said. He said deputies believe the drugs to be methamphetamine based on initial appearance, though lab tests are pending.

Anyone with information pertaining to the case is asked to contact the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department at 228-769-3063 or 228-769-3065 or Crimestoppers at 1-877-787-5898.