High-speed chase began as speeding stop by Union police
Wednesday, July 17, 2013 1:00 AM
A high-speed chase which began in Union as an unsuccessful speeding stop ended at the intersection of Mississippi 15 and 16 at Williamsville last week with the arrest of a Forest man.
Two Sheriff's cars and one from Union Police were damaged in a high speed pursuit that started in Union and ended at the intersection of Mississippi 16 west and the bypass Thursday afternoon. No injuries were reported in the incident.
At least three patrol cars were damaged slightly. No injuries were reported.
Jalen Coleman, 19, of 2198 Old Highway 80, Forest, was charged by numerous law enforcement agencies with taking a vehicle without permission from Forest, felony fleeing and numerous misdemeanor traffic charges out of Union.
Coleman was also charged with assault on a law enforcement officer from Neshoba County who was in a patrol unit when it was struck, the authorities said.
Union Police Chief Billy Pat Walker said the chase began in Union after 3 p.m., Thursday when one of his officers, Patrolman Jacob Moore, discovered Coleman speeding, traveling 60 in a 30-mile-per-hour zone.
Moore called for assistance from fellow officer Ken Shackelford, Walker said, and the two pursued Coleman through Union when he turned onto Mississippi 15 north toward Philadelphia.
The officers then called for assistance from the Neshoba County Sheriff's Department and Mississippi Highway Patrol.
"Union Police notified us that they were on the way and needed our assistance," Neshoba County Sheriff Tommy Waddell said.
Nearing the Mississippi 15 intersection to Mississippi 16 west, Coleman attempted to make a U-turn, Waddell said. At this point the officers converged, boxing Coleman in and ending the chase.
Damaged in the stop were a Union Police car and two late model Neshoba County Sheriff's cars.
He tried to escape, damaging the vehicles in the process, Waddell said.
Sheriff Waddell noted that his damaged vehicles were older models and not one of the recently purchased cruisers.
Also responding were Philadelphia Police and Chief Bill Cox and the state Department of Transportation.
Immediately following the chase, officers searched Coleman's vehicle which turned up nothing suspicious.
Authorities later learned that the car Coleman was driving had been taken from his grandmother's house in Forest, Sheriff Waddell said.
"He took it without permission and she called it in as missing," he said.
Chief Walker expressed appreciation for the agencies assisting in the stop and the eventual arrest.
"I appreciate the help we received from everyone," Walker said.
"I'm just thankful that no one was hurt. He was running people off the road [during the chase]."
Coleman currently remains in the Neshoba County jail.