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Pursuit leads to 3 arrests

A chase that spanned three counties ended in McCall Creek earlySaturday morning with the arrest of two men and one juvenile onvarious charges, according to authorities.

The two men, David Edney, 22, and Sammy Washington, 46, both ofFranklin County, and the juvenile were arrested and charged withresisting arrest, driving under the influence, failure to yield toan officer, fleeing blue lights and many other charges.

“It started out when one of the (Mississippi) Highway Patrolunits stopped a vehicle below Bogue Chitto, and the driver of thevehicle jumped out and ran,” said Lincoln County Sheriff WileyCalcote.

While the MHP officer chased the suspect on foot just before 1a.m., the two occupants in the suspect’s Oldsmobile vehicle tookoff, said Calcote.

“The officer called in the tag number and a Lincoln County unitlocated them and followed them,” he added.

The deputy was joined in his pursuit by the Brookhaven PoliceDepartment once the vehicle entered the city limits on South FirstStreet.

“I think the officers did a good job. They used good judgment,”said Calcote. “They backed down when they got in the city for thesafety of the citizens.”

The chase wound through the city in the area of Center Street,Hamilton Street, Washington Street and Monticello Street. Thesuspects took Brookway Boulevard all the way to Interstate 55,where they drove south to the Highway 84 exit.

Officers from the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department andMississippi Highway Patrol continued to follow the vehicle intoFranklin County.

“He (suspect) rammed a Highway Patrol unit, and he (suspect)headed toward two of our cars, but did not make contact,” saidCalcote. “It could have been worse than what it was.”

The vehicle finally came to a halt around 1:40 a.m., in the yardof one of the suspects, and both suspects took off on foot.

Officers caught one suspect immediately and the other ran intothe house. They quickly arrested him as well.

“We appreciate all the units involved in the chase,” saidCalcote. “It takes all of us. It’s a team effort. We hope thissends a message.”

The suspects are being held in the Lincoln County Jail.