Mississippi trooper sent to hospital after being hit during chase with man on ATV

Published 5:13 am Thursday, June 6, 2024

A routine safety checkpoint for Mississippi State Troopers turned into a chase of a man on a four-wheeler down on railroad tracks.

WTVA News in Tupelo reports that troopers were conducting a checkpoint on Highway 25 in Dennis, Mississippi, on May 27 when a man on a four-wheeler approached the checkpoint.

The man, later identified as Ricky Don Thorn, took off and started driving on a nearby railroad track to evade officers.

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The trooper ran after him and chased him. During the chase, one of the troopers was reportedly hit by Thorn.

The trooper was sent to the hospital with injuries.

Thorn was able to evade officers and managed to get away.

Officers found Thorn a couple of days later, on May 29, and arrested him between County Road 23 and the Natchez Trace Parkway.

Thorn was charged with two counts of aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer and one count of felony fleeing.