Man leads Mississippi officers on high-speed chase after stealing unattended police squad car

Published 6:30 am Saturday, November 12, 2022

Two Mississippi police agencies were led on a brief high-speed chase after a man stole a police cruiser that was left unattended with its engine running.

The man, who reportedly has a history of struggling with mental illness issues, stole the Jackson police car. He led officers with the Jackson Police Department and the Mississippi Capitol Police on a 30-minute chase that started near the King Edward Hotel in downtown Jackson and ended with a crash behind a McDonald’s on Woodrow Wilson Avenue.

The chase started at approximately 9:30 p.m. and ended shortly after 10 p.m.

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The police officer who left the vehicle unattended will receive training and could face disciplinary actions, officials said.

The suspect who stole the vehicle was taken to a facility for treatment, officials said. No charges have been filed at this time.