Officials said Tuesday local law enforcement officers experienced a rather quiet holiday weekend with no major automobile accidents.
Police Chief Ralph Dance and Sheriff Ben Caldwell were both thankful for the calm Memorial Day in Corinth and Alcorn County.
The same couldn’t be said across the Magnolia state.
Mississippi Highway Patrol Public Affairs Director John Poulos reported 104 crashes with three fatalities and 40 injuries on highways and roadways between Friday morning and Monday night.
A rough weekend started early on Friday afternoon when an MHP trooper conducting a traffic stop on Highway 16 in Madison County was struck by a vehicle. Trooper John Harries was fatally injured in the accident. His death remains under investigation by MHP.
Hundreds of law enforcement officers gathered Tuesday for the funeral of the 44-year-old Harries.
Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves said in a statement that Harris’ death is a reminder of the fragility of life.
Other traffic-related fatalities over the weekend included a Hattiesburg woman on a Newton County highway and a Texas man on a Leake County road.
MHP issued a total of 5,734 citations with 160 DUI arrests over the four days. State Troopers conducted saturation patrols and safety checkpoints throughout the enforcement period.