Deputies say he ran, but man facing felony DUI didn’t get away

Charles Bennett
Charles Bennett

The Sheriff’s Office has arrested Charles Howard Bennett of Gulfport on felony charges of DUI and evading law enforcement officers after deputies deflated his tires and chased him on foot, a news release from the office says.

Sheriff’s Lt. Coley Judy said Harrison County has arrested Bennett, 45, five times over seven years on DUI charges. The docket does not list the number of convictions.

To be convicted of felony DUI, state law used to require two previous convictions within five years. On Oct. 1, the law changed to make a fourth offense a felony regardless of the time frame.

Early Wednesday morning, a deputy tried to stop Bennett after noticing he was having trouble staying in his lane, the news release says. When the deputy turned on his siren and lights, Bennett drove south on U.S. 49, then onto Mississippi 53.

Deputies had to put down stop sticks that deflated three of Bennett’s tires, Judy said. Bennett continued driving until he reached his house, Judy said, then he jumped out of the car and ran. Deputies soon caught him, Judy said.

“He took us on a pretty long pursuit,” Judy told the Sun Herald.

Judy said Bennett turned a couple of times on 53 before he hit the stop sticks.

“He was riding on his rims all the way down Shaw Road,” Judy said.

In addition to the felony charges, Bennett was arrested on careless driving and resisting arrest charges, both misdemeanors.

Anita Lee: 228-896-2331, @calee99