Routine traffic stop turns into police chase - - Jackson, MS

Routine traffic stop turns into police chase

FLOWOOD, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

On Wednesday, police in Flowood were involved in a chase after a routine traffic stop.

At around 4:30 pm, a Flowood officer said he noticed a tan Hyundai Elantra with no license tag. The officer then conducted a routine traffic stop on the vehicle on Lakeland Drive near Flynt Drive.

Upon approaching the vehicle and obtaining the driver's license of the driver, identified as Gary Stiff, the officer said he noticed two other black males and a small child around five years of age inside.

We are told that the officer smelled burning marijuana coming from inside the car and asked the suspect to step outside. He is said to have looked straight ahead and to have accelerated in a reckless manner.

The suspect fled westbound on Lakeland Drive and ran a red light. We are told that the suspect then entered the eastbound side of Lakeland Drive while still going westbound.

After leaving Lakeland Drive, we are told that the pursuit was called off at some point due to public safety. Pearl police were notified that  the suspect was headed in their direction.

Officers were then informed by other drivers that two black males were standing on the side of Hwy 468 at Hwy 80 and stated they just jumped out of the vehicle.  Officers took those two subjects into custody without incident. They were identified as Cedrich Johnson Jr and Shestrn Johnson. No charges were filed on them.

Flowood PD received a call from Jackson PD a short time after that and informed us they had found the vehicle abandoned in a car lot on Hwy 80.  Flowood Officers met JPD and check the vehicle.  Nothing was found inside the vehicle and JPD informed us they were leaving the vehicle there.  The vehicle also did not come back stolen after checking the VIN.

An affidavit has been filed on Stiff for Fleeing law enforcement officers, felony child endangerment, two counts of running a red light, reckless driving, driving on the wrong side of the road, no tag and no insurance.

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