Troopers arrest man after 100 mph chase going wrong way on interstate ends with crash into trooper’s car

Published 10:13 pm Thursday, July 18, 2019

A Hazlehurst man is facing a long list of charges in Lincoln County after he allegedly led state troopers on a chase that hit speeds of 100 mph going the wrong way on I-55 that ended in a collision with one of the patrol vehicles.

Roderick Gilmore, 47, 136 John St., was arrested by Mississippi Highway Patrol Wednesday on charges of felony fleeing or eluding police in a motor vehicle, misdemeanor possession of marijuana, speeding 30-plus mph over limit, no motorcycle endorsement on driver license, expired driver license, no auto insurance, no tag/expired tag, resisting or obstructing arrest, improper passing, failure to use turn signal, reckless driving and driving on wrong side of road.

MHP trooper Craig James said Gilmore’s speed on the black and purple 2004 Suzuki Hayabusa 1300 topped 100 mph as he traveled south on I-55 around the 48 mile marker around 7:48 a.m.

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He left I-55 at exit 43 and led the chase along Union Street Extension as he raced to U.S. 51.

He crashed his motorcycle into the passenger side of a trooper’s vehicle. Gilmore attempted to flee on foot but was apprehended about 7:53 a.m., James said.

Gilmore was taken to King’s Daughters Medical Center with complaints of pain from the crash. He was released with no injuries and taken to the Lincoln County Jail, James said.