Ocean Springs officer thrown off motorcycle chasing woman

Sarah Ann Payne
Sarah Ann Payne

OCEAN SPRINGS -- A woman in a stolen vehicle drove away from the scene of an accident, led police on a chase, slammed on her brakes and caused an officer to be thrown off his motorcycle, fled on foot and attempted to steal another vehicle before she was arrested, police said.

Ocean Springs police said Sarah Ann Payne, 31, of Ocean Springs, was arrested on several felony charges, including eluding, vehicle theft and attempted vehicle theft. She also faces misdemeanor charges including driving with a suspended license, resisting arrest, reckless driving, two counts of obstruction of traffic and two counts of leaving the scene of an accident.

Police said officers were called to a hit and run at Bienville Boulevard and Ocean Springs Road about 8:35 a.m. Wednesday.

Witnesses said Payne left the accident in a 2013 Toyota Camry.

Ocean Springs motorcycle officer Adam Carter saw her on Government Street near Hanley Road, stopped in traffic. He pulled up to her and told her to pull over, but she fled westbound on Government Street, after yelling, "You ain't Ocean Springs."

Police said he followed her, and she began slamming on her brakes to try to make him rear-end her car.

On the third attempt, he swerved, hit the car, and was thrown off his motorcycle.

Officers were able to stop Payne on the service road of Bienville Boulevard, where she fled the car and tried to flee in a vehicle she attempted to steal, police said.

An investigation revealed the car Payne had been driving was stolen.

Her bond for the misdemeanor charges was set at $3,500. Justice Court Judge Matthew Mestayer will set bond for her felony charges later Wednesday during her initial appearance.

Carter suffered a sprained wrist and was released from an area hospital.