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Tupelo police arrest high-speed pursuit suspect


Michael Lee White

Michael Lee White



Carl Smith



Tupelo police arrested 38-year-old Michael Lee White, of Mooreville, on Wednesday on a felony fleeing warrant originating from Starkville Police Department after he was allegedly involved in a high-speed chase across Oktibbeha and Clay counties on Nov. 29. 


White is currently held in Oktibbeha County Jail on a $50,000 bond. 


Starkville officers responded to the Lowes parking lot, located off Miss. Highway 25, on Black Friday to identify a suspect from a previous shoplifting that occurred at Tractor Supply. White and another suspect allegedly entered a Chevrolet pickup truck towing a cargo trailer and refused to stop when blue-lighted by officers. The truck ran the Miss. Highway 12 stoplight near Popeye's, turned north on Miss. Highway 25 and recklessly attempted to evade officers, reaching speeds near 100 mph, a SPD release states.  


The driver would turn east onto U.S. Highway 82 and then north onto Miss. Highway 389, continuing its high rate of speed. 


Once in Clay County, the vehicle turned onto Ballard Road, which dead ends into a wooded area. The two suspects exited the Chevrolet and fled the scene on food. State and local law enforcement agents were unable to locate the duo. 


The truck was traced back to White, and a warrant was issued for his arrest after he was identified by witnesses, the release states. It is not known if White was driving during the incident. 


White attempted to flee the scene Wednesday when a Tupelo police officer attempted to serve his warrant. That pursuit ended when White was apprehended in a wooded area, according to authorities.


Carl Smith covers Starkville and Oktibbeha County for The Dispatch. Follow him on Twitter @StarkDispatch



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