Mississippi man arrested after leading cops on 100 mph chase while throwing drugs out window

Published 10:09 am Tuesday, May 19, 2020

A Mississippi man was arrested Sunday morning after leading Natchez police officers on a high-speed chase through town.

Natchez Police Chief Walter Armstrong said that one of his officers clocked a blue Crown Victoria traveling northbound on U.S. 61 South at 63 mph as the car was approaching the entrance to Woodhaven subdivision at approximately 7 a.m. Sunday.

Armstrong said the driver of the vehicle, Derrick Darrell Lewis of Centreville, Mississippi, refused to stop when an officer flashed his lights. Armstrong said Lewis then accelerated his car, leading officers on a chase that exceeded 100 mph at one point. Armstrong said the driver of the car reportedly threw out narcotics during the chase.

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The chase continued along Seargent S. Prentiss Boulevard, turned north on U.S. 61 at the flyover and headed north past Morgantown Road toward Washington.

When Lewis attempted to turn eastbound onto U.S. 84 in Washington, Armstrong said Lewis wrecked the car and landed in the median of the highway.

Armstrong said officers were able to get the driver out of the car. Officers found 35 oxycodone pills during a search of the vehicle, Armstrong said.

Lewis was charged with possession of a controlled substance, felony fleeing, failure to stop in a motor vehicle, speeding, disregard for a traffic device, driving while license suspended, reckless driving and a seatbelt violation.