Man who fled in traffic stop still on the lam

A man who ran away from a traffic stop on Interstate 10 near the Woolmarket exit has remained on the lam.

The man fled early Wednesday afternoon after a state trooper pulled over a gray Chevy Malibu for speeding, Mississippi Highway Patrol spokesman Chase Elkins said.

The man was a backseat passenger.

“He was acting nervous while the trooper was talking and he eventually got out of the car and ran off into woods,” Elkins said.

The man was described as 5-foot-8, 190 pounds and was wearing dark clothes.

The Border Patrol and Drug Enforcement Administration sent agents to help investigate and search. The Harrison County Sheriff’s Office sent deputies and a helicopter.

Why the man ran isn’t clear, but anyone who sees a suspicious man matching that description is asked to call 911.

Robin Fitzgerald: 228-896-2307, @robincrimenews