A man wanted for felony jail escape in Tennessee led local law enforcement on a pursuit Monday, ending in his arrest after the chase crossed into Tippah County.

Carlos R. McCoy, 55, was taken to the Alcorn County Jail and charged with felony fleeing, said Sheriff Ben Caldwell. McCoy was also being held on the warrant for escape from Crockett County, Tenn.

On Jan. 24, McCoy walked away from a work detail and stole a flatbed work truck, according to the Crockett County Sheriff’s Department. That agency encouraged the public to use extreme caution and not to approach McCoy if spotted.

On Monday, Caldwell said Alcorn Deputy Chris Settlemires attempted to stop a vehicle that had been reported stolen out of Madison County, Tenn., on Highway 72 near County Road 738, several miles west of Corinth. The deputy pursued the vehicle on several county roads, eventually crossing into Tippah County, where the fugitive turned down a dead-end road. With the assistance of the Mississippi Highway Patrol and Tippah County deputies, Alcorn deputies were able to stop the vehicle and take the driver into custody.

Caldwell said it was discovered during the arrest that McCoy is wanted out of Crockett County, Tenn., which is just northwest of Jackson, Tenn.

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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