K-9 catches man after police chase in Biloxi


BILOXI -- Police arrested a man Friday on felony charges following a brief vehicle pursuit and foot chase near Keesler Air Force Base.

William Dwayne Battaya, 41, faces one count of domestic assault, one count of receiving stolen property and two counts of felony malicious mischief.

At about 3:30 p.m., officers attempted to stop Battaya, who was driving a black Honda Civic. They knew he was wanted on felony warrants, Lt. Ron Lessner said.

Lessner said Battaya tried to elude officers then jumped from his car and fled on foot, hiding in an area off Judge Sekul Avenue near Keesler. With the help of his K-9 partner, officer Wesley Brantley found and arrested Battaya nearby on Bayley Drive.

Battaya was taken to Merit Health Hospital in Biloxi for minor dog-bite wounds. He was released from the hospital and booked into the Harrison County jail, where he is being held on bonds totaling $100,907.