Man caught riding stolen four wheeler

Published 3:38 am Sunday, January 29, 2012

Officers attempting to stop a four-wheeler being ridden through the streets of Picayune on the night of Jan. 17, discovered the off road vehicle was stolen.

After a Brief chase, the officers were able to catch the suspect, 28-year-old Michael Jerome Nelson of 314 N. Green Ave., and bring the stolen four-wheeler back to its owner, according to a press release from the Picayune Police Dept.

At about 11:21 p.m. on Jan. 17, officers saw a green, Honda All Terrain Vehicle being ridden on South Monroe Avenue before the rider, Nelson, ran a stop sign at North Monroe Avenue and East Canal Street, according to the release.

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When the officer attempted to stop the vehicle, it stalled, the press release states. Just as the officer approached the stalled vehicle, the release states, Nelson got it started again and fled, running another stop sign at the intersection of North Monroe Avenue and Third Street. After the ATV stalled again, Nelson fled on foot to a shed on North Green Avenue, before running again and hiding under a house in the 600 block of Fourth Street, according to the release. Officers were able to get Nelson out from under the home and take him into custody after a brief struggle, the release states.

Officers searched the four-wheeler, finding a set of bolt cutters, pair of black gloves and a can of starter fluid, according to the release. Officers recalled seeing a similar green ATV at a home nearby, the release states, and went to the home and learned the ATV that Nelson was riding had been stolen from the residence. Officers found that Nelson had cut the padlock from the four-wheeler and taken it for a ride, without the owner knowing, the release states.

Nelson was charged with two counts of running a stop sign, possession of burglary tools, grand larceny, failure to yield to blue lights and sirens, resisting arrest by fleeing and disorderly conduct failure to comply, the release states.