GULFPORT -- Police arrested a Hattiesburg man Friday in the carjacking of a woman by jumping onto the hood of her moving Volkswagen, then driving the car on a crash rampage, colliding with three other vehicles, in Orange Grove last week, officials said in a press release.
Shawn Douglas Moffett, 25, faces charges of carjacking and leaving the scene of an accident causing injury.
The investigation began April 22 when officers responded to a report of a man acting erratically on U.S. 49 near Parkwood Drive.
Eyewitnesses reported the man, later identified as Moffett, had gotten out of a car and lain down in the middle of the road, police Sgt. Damon McDaniel said.
Moffett then jumped onto the hood of a Volkswagen Jetta headed north on U.S. 49 and tried to get into it through its sunroof, McDaniel said.
Eyewitness Marie Gill said she was at Keesler Federal Credit Union on U.S. 49 about 3 p.m. when her kids started yelling, "Look at that!"
The man was trying to get into a car, Gill said, adding he rode on the Jetta's roof until the car stopped and the driver and her passenger got out and ran.
"He made them get out of the Jetta," Gill said of Moffett. "He left those girls standing on the side of the road."
Moffett then took the Jetta and crashed into a Toyota as he fled northbound on U.S. 49, McDaniel said. As he approached O'Neal Road, he ran a light and hit a Nissan that was going east through the intersection, McDaniel. The collision caused the Nissan to hit a Cadillac as it turned north onto U.S. 49, McDaniel said.
Moffett then drove away from the crash scene but stopped when the Jetta quit running northeast of the intersection, McDaniel said. American Medical Response arrived to assess any injuries, and the driver of the Nissan and Moffett were taken to an area hospital, McDaniel said.
Moffett was released from the hospital after recovering from his injuries, McDaniel said
Based on the information detectives gathered during the investigation, warrants were obtained for his arrest, McDaniel said, adding he was found in Lamar County and arrested by the Mississippi Department of Corrections.