By JOEL McNEECE
A high speed chase that ended in Bruce Wednesday evening resulted in the arrest of two Memphis men.
Darius "Jo Jo" Williams is charged with aggravated assault, reckless driving, felony fleeing and faces numerous other charges from the Mississippi Highway Patrol as a result of the near hour-long chase.
Bruce Police Chief Stan Evans said they received the call around 3 p.m. reporting a high speed chase, involving an SUV, two MHP cars and Lafayette County Sheriff's vehicles, was entering Bruce.
Evans said the MHP officer pulled over the vehicle in Lafayette County for diving 82 miles per hour in a 55 zone. Detecting drugs in the vehicle, the officer handcuffed the driver Corey Miller and took him into custody. When Miller was removed from the vehicle, Williams moved over from the passenger seat and took off in the vehicle.
"He nearly ran over the highway patrolman," Evans said.
The chase came to Bruce where Bruce policeman Phillip Jackson was instructed to leave the school crossing and come to the car wash north of Bruce to put out some "spike sticks" to attempt to stop the vehicle before it got into town.
"They were traveling so fast they got past the car wash before Phillip could get the spikes out," Evans said. "We immediately radioed ahead to Phillip Talford to get the intersection at the redlight clear of traffic. We always worry about the 4-way stop during a high speed chase."
The chase proceeded through the Hwys. 9-32 intersection, but turned left on Center Street in front of Spratlin's Building Supply.
"He hit a car on Railroad Street driven by Teneisha Horton, completely turning her around," Evans said. "Then he proceeded toward Lincoln Street where he got blocked in."
Williams jumped out of the vehicle and ran toward McAlpin Street where he rushed into Patty Doolittle's home.
"He pushed the kids out of the way when he ran into the house," Evans said.
By this time Vardaman and Calhoun City police units as well as MDOT officers had arrived at the scene. A search of the house ultimately found Williams hiding in a closet.
"He was buried under a large pile of clothes," Evans said.
Williams had been discarding drugs and paraphernalia out the car window throughout the chase. Officers combed the sides of Hwy. 9W confiscating all they could find. A k-9 unit from Chickasaw County was also called in.
Evans said they learned Williams did live in Bruce for a brief time several years ago with a girlfriend, but is from Memphis.