Fight & Flight: Man wanted for felony waves machete at deputies, flees

Published 7:00 am Friday, November 27, 2015

At about 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Pearl River County Sheriff’s Department received a trespassing call at 17 Alabama lane.

The caller said Christopher Eastman, 41, of 17 Alabama Lane allegedly showed signs of his mental state possibly being altered by a controlled substance according to Pearl River County Sheriff Chief Deputy Shane Tucker. Tucker said Eastman had an active warrant for a felony indictment for his arrest. The deputies responded and found Eastman hidden under blankets in a van, and when they pulled the covers up, he allegedly produced a machete and started swinging it, Tucker said. Eastman was then stunned with an electronic control device. He then allegedly shut the door to the van and fled in the vehicle. Deputies pursued the vehicle until Eastman got to the woods and fled on foot, Tucker said.

Wednesday morning the family called the Pearl River County Sheriff’s Department again and said Eastman was in a camper trailer at 17 Alabama Lane, Tucker said.

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Tucker said deputies arrived on the scene and Eastman wouldn’t respond to attempts to make contact by the deputies, but deputies knew he was there and they introduced an aerosol spray to motivate him to exit the camper, it was ineffective, Tucker said.

Additional deputies arrived, and saw a figure in a bathroom of the camper trailer and they were able to open the front door, said Tucker. Ultimately, after attempts to negotiate failed, Eastman refused to exit the camper and allegedly told deputies they would have to come get him and Eastman sprayed the same aerosol spray the deputies used on him on the deputies, Tucker said. The deputies then forced Eastman to the floor and Eastman was taken into custody and booked on charges relating to the felony indictment and misdemeanor warrants, Tucker said