Man takes deputies on high speed chase

Published 7:00 am Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Update, this version corrects the suspect’s last name to Moody.

Investigation into alleged drug activity at a home led to the suspect leading law enforcement officers on a high-speed chase through Pearl River County.
Sheriff David Allison said the incident took place on April 26 as narcotics detectives were conducting surveillance on a home reported to be selling methamphetamine.
While conducting that operation, they witnessed a vehicle leave the home, the driver was identified as 40-year-old Jayson Patrick Moody of 196 Otis Stewart Rd. Before the officers could activate their lights or sirens to conduct a traffic stop, Moody fled at a high rate of speed down Caesar Road, turning north onto Highway 43 South towards Interstate 59. Allison said Moody drove recklessly through heavy traffic as he headed toward the interstate, before turning north onto I-59. As he fled, Moody could be seen throwing items out of the driver’s side window and attempted to ram pursuing patrol vehicles.
Moody finally rammed a marked patrol vehicle, causing damage to both vehicles, Allison said.
Moody’ vehicle was stopped at the 16-mile marker along I-59, at which time he fled on foot until deputies captured him. Allison said Moody attempted to fight off the officers, but was taken into custody. A search of his vehicle found methamphetamine, which was collected as evidence, Allison said. Additionally three deputies received minor injuries during the pursuit.
Moody was subsequently treated for minor injuries sustained in the pursuit and booked into the Lenoir Rowell Criminal Justice Center in Millard for three counts of attempted aggravated assault on a law officer, felony fleeing, possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute, tampering with physical evidence, resisting arrest by fighting, DUI, reckless driving, failure to yield right of way, improper passing and failure to obey a police officer.

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