Arrest of fleeing felon leads to other arrests

Shane Weldon Johnson
Shane Weldon Johnson

JACKSON COUNTY -- A man's arrest after a high-speed pursuit on Interstate 10 led to the arrest of four others at the hotel where it all started, Sheriff Mike Ezell said.

Deputies about 1 a.m. Thursday were called to check out a suspicious vehicle and suspicious activity at the Magnuson Hotel on Washington Avenue.

Shane Weldon Johnson, 28, was in the suspicious vehicle and drove away, running a red light at the exit ramp to I-10, Ezell said. Johnson headed west, refusing to stop for a deputy's blue lights and sirens, Ezell said.

The deputy reported Johnson sped west and didn't stop until he lost control of his vehicle while trying to take Exit 46C at Lamey Bridge Road.

Deputies arrested Johnson on charges of felony evasion, felon in possession of a weapon and possession of meth and marijuana. His passenger was arrested on a misdemeanor drug-paraphernalia charge.

Deputies went back to the hotel and found two men sitting in vehicles in the parking lot. A Gautier K-9 officer and his dog Ceaser found several grams of crystal meth, also known as ice, meth's purest form, Ezell said.

Deputies arrested David Wayne Shaver, 25, on a charge of possession of meth.

The man in the other vehicle was held for Gulfport police on misdemeanor charges.

Johnson and Shavers were held with no bond at the Jackson County jail pending initial court appearances.