High speed chase update: Suspect dies in custody

Published 7:17 pm Friday, February 26, 2021

A male suspect died in law enforcement custody Friday afternoon after a high speed chase on I-55 Friday afternoon ended in a wreck and an arrest.

The driver of a truck headed eastbound on Hwy. 84 west of Brookhaven failed to stop for a Mississippi Highway Patrol safety checkpoint just before 2 p.m. and fled officers in a high speed pursuit that ended when the truck wrecked in Copiah County, Troop M Cpl. Craig James said.

Friday evening, MHP Public Affairs spokesman M.Sgt. Justin C. Elkins released the following statement:

“The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation, along with the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics, is investigating an in-custody death of a male subject that occurred on Friday, February 26, 2021, in Copiah County. MBI and MBN Special Agents are gathering evidence as part of this ongoing investigation and will share their findings with the local District Attorney’s office.”

No further information was available.