Driver of deadly Jackson pursuit in jail facing murder charges - - Jackson, MS

Driver of deadly Jackson pursuit in jail facing murder charges

Donnell Johnson Source: JPD Donnell Johnson Source: JPD
JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Donnell Johnson, the driver of the car that killed Lonnie Blue during the Clinton police chase, has been released from UMMC and is now in jail facing second degree murder charges.

The deadly pursuit ended when the shoplifter's car slammed head-on into innocent driver, Lonnie Blue Jr. who died at the scene.

Chief Lee Vance said, "The Clinton Police Department did not notify us until after the chase. At 2342 hours which is about 11:42 Jackson Police Officer, Timothy Guise, actually saw this chase going through west Jackson. Once he saw it he called our dispatch center and asked them to make an inquire to Clinton as to what was going on."

Chief Vance played the recording from their dispatcher that night that shows this conversation happening.

Dash cam video and audio from Clinton Police shows the incident unfolding.

Clinton Police produced audio of a Clinton dispatcher telling pursuing officers JPD has been notified.

That transmission was delivered 5 minutes before the crash killing 34 year old Jackson resident Lonnie Blue.

Blue was a father to an 8 year old little boy and worked at the Nissan Plant. 

Despite the dispute about when JPD was notified, Chief Lee Vance says pursuits are unpredictable, dangerous and in this case deadly.

Vance stated, "They came into our city on a chase we did not condone nor did we participate in. We value life not property."

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