A Neshoba County couple has been charged with a number of crimes after attempting to flee from a safety checkpoint on Sunday.

Police Chief Grant Myers said the incident occurred Sunday around 4:15 a.m. while several of his officers were manning a safety checkpoint on Mississippi 16 west.

The pair was in a Dodge Avenger when they came upon the checkpoint, the chief said.

"They tried to avoid it and almost caused a collision," he said.

Police pursued the fleeing vehicle and after a few miles it stopped and the couple attempted to flee on foot, he said.

They were both apprehended, Myers said.

Patrick L. Morris, 30, of 10050 Road 157, was charged with felony fleeing, possession of a controlled substance, possession of paraphernalia, open container, resisting arrest by fleeing, careless driving, no insurance, no license, public drunkenness and failure to signal.

Kristi S. Hemphill, 40, of 11150 Road 701, was charged with felony fleeing, possession of a controlled substance, possession of paraphernalia, public drunkenness, resisting arrest by fleeing and open container.

Both remained in the Neshoba County jail on Monday.