Crime

A report came in of a suspected DUI. Two cities later, a man is in jail.

Robert Bennefield
Robert Bennefield

What started as an attempted traffic stop on a suspected DUI turned into a chase through two cities, a two-vehicle crash and a man behind bars.

Robert Mitchell Bennefield, 64, was arrested on charges of felony eluding and misdemeanors of second-offense DUI and driving without a license. He was taken to the Harrison County jail on $50,000 bond set by Judge Albert Fountain.

Biloxi police received a call about 9 p.m. Wednesday about a driver who was weaving in traffic, suspected of driving under the influence. Police said they saw a silver GMC pickup with a Mississippi tag northbound on Interstate 110 with its headlights off.

When they got behind the truck, they noted it was swerving in traffic, nearing hitting the center barrier wall on the I-110 bridge. When they tried to pull the driver over, he sped off, at times exceeding 100 mph. Police said he nearly hit several vehicles.

Shortly after crossing into D’Iberville, he did hit a vehicle and both crashed. Neither driver was injured and Bennefield was taken into custody without incident.

Kate Magandy: 228-896-2344, @kmagandy

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