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Car thief in custody after stealing funeral home vehicle during funeral

Davarous White   Source: Hinds County Sheriff's Dept. Davarous White Source: Hinds County Sheriff's Dept.
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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) - The Hinds County Sheriff's Department has arrested Devarous White for stealing a Westhaven Funeral Home vehicle during a morning funeral.

Westhaven employees were preparing for the home going service at St. Thomas Missionary Baptist church, when they noticed something was wrong.

"Once the funeral director went inside with the body to set up, he jumped in the car and took off," said Nathaniel Ford of Westhaven Funeral Home.

Westhaven officials, gave chase to their stolen car,

"High speed chase, 100 miles and hour," said Ford. "Our funeral directors jumped in the hearse, and tried to catch him and he was driving 90 miles and hour and the car went off and left him. Then Sheriff's department got in pursuit."

The chase went down I-20 into Jackson. The driver bailed out on Camellia lane, and escaped, ducking between houses.

 Hinds county investigators say the car thief rode up to the funeral on his bike, which he dropped by the front door of the church, then and went inside. There he left his calling card, and a big clue for deputies, a signature on the funeral registry. Tonight, Davarous White is behind bars.

"I think it's ridiculous, you can't have a funeral service without problems like this," said Ford.

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