Police chase ends in wreck on Hwy. 6 1/23/2015

Published 12:00 am Friday, January 23, 2015

A chase and capture resulted in two felony and eight misdemeanor charges against Frank Webster, Jr. of Chapeltown Road, Courtland. Officers from three law enforcement agencies were on hand Wednesday afternoon when a subject drove away from an attempted traffic violation stop on Panola Avenue and soon found himself upside the Shriners Building on Highway 6 West. Soon after he was handcuffed and taken to Batesville Police Department while BPD’s K-9 unit was used to check for presence of dru

Police chase ends in wreck on Hwy. 6

By Rupert Howell
A chase and capture resulted in two felony and eight misdemeanor charges against Frank Webster, Jr. of Chapeltown Road, Courtland with three local law enforcement agencies involved.
According to Batesville Police Department Assistant Chief Don Province the incident began on Panola Avenue near Helmes Store when an officer attempted to pull over Webster for a seatbelt infraction.

Province said the subject took off east toward town and went through Batesville Downtown Square taking a right at the railroad heading down Lomax parallel to the railroad tracks.
He took a left at Dabney Station, a dead-end, and went through a yard scraping a BPD vehicle. Webster also hit a red pickup while coming through town near the railroad crossing.

Webster then headed toward Highway 6 west where a Panola County deputy joined in and assisted BPD officers who were attempting to “box-in” Webster. He then turned into one of the vehicles and they used their cruisers to pin Webster against the Shriners Club awning at Hwy. 6 and Farrish Gravel Company Road’s bisection.

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Two BPD officers managed to take Webster down after he tried to escape on foot with both officers receiving minor injuries from the tumble.

BPD’s K-9 unit was called in with the dog “hitting” on the car. Officers from both BPD and Panola County’s Drug Task Force inventoried the car with several sacks being taken from the glove compartment area with what appeared to be marijuana inside.

Webster has been charged with possession with intent to distribute marijuana and felony fleeing, both felonies, and misdemeanors including no seatbelt, four counts of  running stop signs, leaving the scene of an accident, and driving without a license. An initial charge of driving without insurance was added to the list when the owner of the car provided proof of insurance according to Province.

Province noted that Mississippi Highway Patrolmen were involved to investigate wreck and damage to two different law enforcement agencies’ vehicles and that the incident occurred over an approximate four minute span between 4:08 and 4:12 p.m. Wednesday afternoon.