Spikes end high-speed pursuit at city limits


A high-speed pursuit from Kemper County ended in the arrest of a Philadelphia man at the city limits last week when deputies deployed spikes, a testament to “well-trained deputies that work hard to protect our communities,” Neshoba County Sheriff Eric Clark said.

Fonzy Lee Landrum, 35, 10303 Road 1327, Philadelphia, was arrested last Wednesday and charged with felony pursuit.

Landrum was out on a $15,000 bond Friday, Neshoba County Detention Center records show.

He fled from Kemper County Sheriff’s deputies on Highway 16 westbound, Clark said. His office got involved after Kemper County requested mutual aid just inside the Neshoba County line. Two Neshoba County deputies then pursued Landrum toward Philadelphia. 

“Neshoba Deputies deployed spike strips at the city limits and terminated the pursuit prior to entering the city and endangering others,” Clark said. “A testament to well-trained deputies that work hard to protect our communities.”

Kemper County Sheriff James Moore said that Landrum faces misdemeanor charges in his jurisdiction that include failure to yield to blue lights, failure to obey a lawful order, driving under a suspended license and driving without liability insurance. He said that he has posted bond in Kemper County and has been transferred into Clark’s custody.

No injuries have been reported related to the incident.

Clark said that the spike strips or “stop sticks” as they are also known proved to be a useful tool in bringing Landrum into custody. He said he is looking into grant money to cover the purchase of more strips.  

“I have plans of using COPS grant money to purchase more stop sticks. We currently only have the one set that was used that night,” Clark said.

Clark has said that equipment has been a key concern of his as he has put together his requests for the Fiscal Year 2022 budget currently being considered by the County Board of Supervisors.

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