By Jeremy Pittari, Item Staff Writer
The Picayune Item
A man was stabbed in the neck by an alleged friend while they were driving home to Purvis.
Pearl River County Sheriff’s Department Chief Deputy Shane Tucker said the department received a call about the stabbing on March 30, at just about midnight.
Officers learned through an investigation that as three men were traveling on Interstate 59, one suffered from a stab wound to his neck, Tucker said. Investigation into the incident showed as the three men were driving from Picayune to Purvis, apparently in an intoxicated state, 66-year-old Willie Lee Bridges of 2503 Brown St., Purvis, stabbed the 47-year-old man who was driving the Chrysler van in which they were riding, Tucker said.
Tucker said there didn’t appear to be an altercation prior to the stabbing, or any ill will involved, and he said the men reportedly weren’t even engaged in a conversation when the stabbing occurred.
After the driver of the van was stabbed in the neck, the vehicle began to drift off of the road, but the other passenger in the van was able to stabilize and stop the vehicle, Tucker said.
The victim was driven to the nearby Poplarville hospital, and was subsequently transported by helicopter to Forrest General Hospital where he was treated for the stab wound to his neck and released, Tucker said.
Bridges was charged with aggravated assault, and when asked, he told deputies he could not say why he stabbed the man, Tucker said.