Shoplifting chase suspect denied bond - - Jackson, MS

Shoplifting chase suspect denied bond

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Monday evening, police say a high speed police chase that ended when the fleeing suspects crashed into a car Capitol street, took the life of 34 year old Lonnie Blue Jr. an innocent motorist.

Thursday, 28-year-old Donnell Johnson, the man police say was driving the car, made his initial appearance in court.

Johnson was injured in the crash and was in a wheelchair, and hospital clothes, and appeared to have a broken right foot.

When a public defender asked for Johnson to be released on a medical bond, claiming he wasn't a flight risk, the Judge said, "Isn't that why he was arrested, for running from police???

He then denied his bond.

Johnson had a previous auto burglary conviction.

The chase has caused some division between the Jackson and Clinton police departments.

Jackson police say they don't chase shoplifters, and were not notified about the chase until after the crash occurred.

Clinton police contend that Jackson police officers saw the chase, and participated.

Residents we talked to say they believe police chases should be reserved for only dangerous felony criminals.

Two others were in the fleeing vehicle, 23 -year old Ashley Travis and 35-year-old James Williams.

They are now in the custody of the Clinton police department.

Charges are pending for these two.

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