Several people who found themselves on the wrong side of the law decided to make a run for it Tuesday afternoon and into the night.

Sheriff Ben Caldwell said his department was involved in three pursuit situations, two in the afternoon and one in the early a.m. hours Wednesday.

As a result of the first, Joshua W. Mayfield, 20, of County Road 611, Walnut, was charged with felony fleeing, no insurance and driving with a suspended license. He waived extradition from McNairy County and was transported to the Alcorn County Jail.

Caldwell said it began about 1:50 p.m. when deputies attempted to make a traffic stop on a vehicle in the Wenasoga area. The driver fled, with deputies pursuing the vehicle into McNairy County, where Mayfield wrecked and officers were able to take him into custody.

Two passengers in the vehicle were not arrested. Mayfield had an active warrant for failure to appear in court and had a switched tag on the vehicle.

A short time later, Caldwell said a deputy patrolling near Theo attempted to make a traffic stop on a vehicle for reckless driving when the driver fled westbound on Highway 72 into Tippah County.

The pursuit went north from the highway and crossed into Hardeman County, where officials were able to get the vehicle stopped and took the driver into custody. The driver was held in Hardeman County with extradition to Alcorn County pending. Caldwell said the driver, whose name was not immediately available, will face charges of felony fleeing and various misdemeanors.

A third pursuit about 1:20 a.m. Wednesday took deputies on a lengthy drive through Alcorn and McNairy counties.

Law enforcement from McNairy County was in pursuit of a white Chevrolet Malibu heading south on Highway 45. Caldwell said deputies intercepted the vehicle and pursued onto Highway 72, headed east, and passed through Corinth. After leaving the city limits, the suspect turned around and reentered the city and headed north on Highway 45. The pursuit returned to McNairy County on Highway 57 and north on Highway 22, extending past Shiloh, Tenn. The vehicle came back to Highway 64 and had a blowout after going through the intersection of Highway 64 and Highway 45. Officers with the Selmer Police Department were then able to take the driver into a custody.

Caldwell said the driver was a 17-year-old male who is facing charges out of Selmer and Alcorn County.

Staff Writer

Jebb Johnston is a 1991 Alcorn Central High School graduate and a 1995 Ole Miss journalism graduate. His primary beats are city and county government.

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