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Man drove on wrong side of U.S. 90 into oncoming traffic during pursuit, Pass chief says

Brandon Earl Spiers
Brandon Earl Spiers Harrison County Adult Detention Center

The driver of a Cadillac ran from police on the wrong side of U.S. 90 and nearly struck a patrol car, police said.

Four different types of drugs were found in the car when the 3 1/2-mile pursuit ended in Long Beach, Pass Christian Police Chief Tim Hendricks said.

Pass police had tried to stop the car after the driver ran a stop sign at Menge Avenue near U.S. 90 about 4 a.m. Wednesday, Hendricks said.

One officer saw him run the stop sign while another — the one he narrowly missed hitting — was in a parking bay on the beachfront highway, he said.

The driver allegedly sped east in westbound lanes before he moved into eastbound lanes, Hendricks said.

Police radioed ahead to Long Beach police, who stopped the car just north of railroad tracks on Lang Avenue.

Two types of drugs in the car were crystal-like substances, Hendricks said. The drugs are being sent off for testing before other charges are filed, he said.

Police arrested the driver, Brandon Earl Spiers of Ocean Springs, on a charge of felony eluding.

Spiers, 27, had been released from jail three days earlier after an arrest in Gulfport. Those charges allege he was in a park after hours, had marijuana in his vehicle and no license.

Spiers, a felon, has served time for burglarizing a Coast business in 2010 and using a counterfeit $100 bill to get change at a restaurant in 2009. His probation on both convictions were revoked twice before his time was served, records show.

He was being held at the Harrison County jail Wednesday on a $35,000 bond set by Justice Court Brandon Ladner.

Robin Fitzgerald, 228-896-2307, @robincrimenews
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