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High-speed chase ends in arrest

A Crystal Springs man wanted by authorities in Georgia led troopers with the Mississippi Highway Patrol on a chase through Franklin County Sunday night that hit speeds of 120 mph before he was arrested in Lincoln County.

Austin Crister, 33, was charged with felony fleeing, DUI first offense, reckless driving, speeding, failure to yield to blue lights, disobeying a lawful order and resisting arrest, said MHP Cpl. Brandon Fortenberry. He is wanted in Georgia for a parole violation, Fortenberry said.

Crister was arrested by troopers in Lincoln County at 9:03 p.m. following the half-hour chase.

Fortenberry said the incident began at a drivers license checkpoint in Franklin County near Log Cabin Road on eastbound Hwy. 84. Crister, in a black Dodge truck, failed to stop and led troopers on a chase for several miles before crossing the median and making a u-turn. Fortenberry said Crister dodged tire deflation devices deployed by officers.

Crister made another u-turn near the Adams County line and headed back through Franklin County on Hwy. 84. Fortenberry said troopers successfully deployed the tire spike strips about one mile inside Lincoln County near Goodwill Loop Southwest.

Crister was taken to Franklin County jail.