Man who fled police say fear, not drug gear or pending auto theft charge was cause

Published 9:49 am Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Authorities said Monday a Louisiana man led law enforcement officers on a chase across several Mississippi counties after he fled from a traffic stop.

Rankin County Undersheriff Raymond Duke tells news outlets Henry W. McCoy drove away when a deputy tried to pull him over Monday afternoon in Pelahatchie.

Duke says the Metairie resident was driving a car with Louisiana license plates when the deputy attempted to stop him for a traffic violation. McCoy was arrested after authorities deployed spike strips to stop the car in Madison.

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Duke says drug paraphernalia was recovered at the scene, and that McCoy told authorities he was fleeing because he was scared.

McCoy is jailed in Rankin County and also has a Louisiana warrant for car theft. It’s unclear if he has a lawyer who could comment.