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Natchez landmark damaged by driver fleeing police

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NATCHEZ, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

The Natchez Malt Shop sustained heavy damage Thursday night, when a man fleeing police ran into the front of it.

Natchez Police Chief Mike Mullins says a patrol officer saw a car driving on the wrong side of the street around 11:25. When the officer tried to flag the car down, the driver fled.

Chief Mullins says the officer pursued him, and a short time later, the car crashed into the Natchez Malt Shop. The driver tried to run, but police caught him.

Twenty-year-old Dwight Anthony Berry, Jr., of Natchez, is charged with Felony Fleeing a Police Officer, Resisting Arrest, and running a red light. He also had a suspended license.

Berry is being held in the Adams County jail.

The Malt Shop has been a downtown Natchez fixture for more than 50 years. No word on how badly the building is damaged.

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