Crime

He refused to pull over for police. Now he’s charged with assault.

Andrew L. Clarke Jr.
Andrew L. Clarke Jr.

A man who failed to stop for police is accused of assaulting two officers during a low-speed pursuit that spanned about 20 miles.

Andrew Loyd Clarke Jr. hit a police car during the pursuit and later swerved around an officer who was trying to set out sharp sticks on the road to deflate his tires, Gulfport Police Sgt. Joshua Bromen said.

Clarke, 31, of Gulfport, was apprehended by a K-9 unit Wednesday night and was taken to a hospital for medical assistance that didn’t involve the pursuit, Bromen said.

Police arrested him on two counts of aggravated assault on a police officer and one count of felony fleeing and eluding.

Police had been called to the Exxon gas station on U.S. 49 just north of Dedeaux Road about 6:44 a.m. Wednesday on a complaint of an armed man.

Officers saw Clarke on Dedeaux near Three Rivers Road and tried to stop him, but he refused to pull over, Bromen said.

Clarke traveled at speeds of 35 to 45 mph, he said.

Bromen said Clarke pulled into a gas station on Firetower Road just north of Interstate 10 and refused to get out of the vehicle. Patrol and K-9 officers took him into custody.

Clarke did not have a weapon on him when he was apprehended, Bromen said.

Clarke’s bonds were set at a total of $250,000, and he’s being held at the Harrison County jail.

Robin Fitzgerald: 228-896-2307, @robincrimenews

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