RAYMOND, MS (WLBT) - A Jackson man refused to stop for a state trooper leading three law enforcement agencies on a high speed chase Monday afternoon.
According to the Mississippi Highway Patrol, the pursuit began around 1:15 when Trooper Eric Henry spotted Carnell Shaun Funchess not wearing a seat belt while driving south on I-55 in Crystal Springs.
Investigators said the 46 year old reached speeds of up to 85 miles an hour on Highway 27 and country roads in Copiah and Hinds counties.
The maroon Chevrolet GMC, with a 39-year-old female passenger, avoided two sets of stop sticks before finally hitting the third set.
The vehicle crashed in a ditch on Dry Grove Road in Raymond near Highway 18.
"The only thing he said to us is that he didn't want to go back to jail. All he was going to get was a no seat belt ticket, no drivers license. He doesn't have any drivers license. That would have been the only citation he would have gotten which would have been a misdemeanor. Now he's looking at felony fleeing," said MHP Spokesman Sgt. James Walker.
Funchess will also be charged with speeding and reckless driving.
After his arrest and while in the back of the trooper's cruiser, he still refused to put on a seat belt.
The Copiah County and Hinds County Sheriff's Departments assisted with the pursuit.
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