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Suspects arrested after scattering drugs during high speed chase

Published 12:05am Wednesday, July 25, 2012

NATCHEZ — Pursuit of a maroon Oldsmobile at speeds up to 110 mph Tuesday afternoon ended with a trail of crack cocaine from the county line to Fayette, the busted front of a Metro Narcotics sedan and two men in handcuffs.

By the end of the 10-minute car chase, which started at 1:57 p.m. and ended in Jefferson County at 2:07 p.m., driver Tyrone Hoggatt reportedly slowed to a stop when faced with a roadblock of law enforcement vehicles at the intersection of U.S. 61 North and Mississippi 33, Adams County Sheriff Chuck Mayfield said.

Before Hoggatt stopped, he reportedly lost control a quarter mile before the roadblock, spun several times, nearly flipping the Oldsmobile Alero he was driving and collided with a Dodge Charger that was carrying Metro Narcotics Commander David Lindsey, Lindsey said.

After hitting Lindsey’s car, Hoggatt drove another quarter mile, Lindsey estimated, with a flat tire on the front driver’s side.

“He was driving crazy — driving all over the road and dumping dope at the same time,” Lindsey said.

Hoggatt reportedly refused to make a statement upon his arrest for the following charges:

• Failure to yield to blue lights

•  Felony fleeing or eluding a law enforcement officer

• Reckless driving

• Aggravated assault, which Mayfield said Hoggatt was charged with for striking Lindsey’s vehicle with his car

• Destroying county property — the Dodge Charger

• Possession with intent to distribute marijuana

•  Possession with intent to distribute cocaine

Mayfield said his office and Metro have been investigating Hoggatt, 40, 2-B Saragossa Road, for weeks. Officers attempted to pull him over on U.S. 61 North because they had information that he was transporting cocaine at that time to Jefferson County.

“(Hoggatt) was the head of the snake, I guess you could say,” Mayfield said, referring to a drug operation. “He was a top guy in this group.”

Also in the Alero with Hoggatt was Tyrone White, 20, 19-A Ingram Circle, who was arrested for false information or identification, possession with intent to distribute marijuana and possession with intent to distribute cocaine. The false information charge was related to a Monday incident involving a stolen ATV.

The initial attempt to pull over Hoggatt occurred near Tractor Supply on U.S. 61 near the intersection of U.S. 84, where the high-speed chase began.

The Adams County Sheriff’s Office contacted the Mississippi Highway Patrol and Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, and both agencies aided in setting up the roadblock.

The men were charged in Adams County because the chase began there, Mayfield said.

As Hoggatt began dropping something out of his window, one of a number of law enforcement vehicles pursing him pulled over to retrieve it, which Mayfield said turned out to be what he described as 10 grams of a freshly cooked crack cocaine ball. Also recovered from the street was 3 grams of marijuana.

As many as four cars pursued the Alero at one time, Lindsey said.

Officers also went back to other places they believed Hoggatt dropped drugs, but Mayfield said they likely missed some of what was allegedly thrown out the window.

Officers found a small amount of cocaine in crack form in the car with Hoggatt and White, as well as packaging material such as plastic bags. Also seized from the car was $800 in cash.

Hoggatt’s criminal record in Adams County dates back to 1992 with a charge of possession of cocaine.

“This guy has been a menace for years and years and years,” Mayfield said of Hoggatt.

Earlier charges include sale of cocaine in 1994, possession of a controlled substance (from the Natchez Police Department) in 1997 and three counts of sale of cocaine in church and school zones in 1999. In 2000, Hoggatt was sentenced to serve 10 years of prison time with 10 more years suspended. But he was arrested on a probation violation in 2009 for failure to pay a fine, before the 10 years was up.

In April 2010, Hoggatt was discharged from post-release supervision, and twice in May of the same year he was arrested for sale of marijuana — one of the charges was in a church zone. In June 2010, Hoggatt was arrested for possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and possession of Lorcet with intent to distribute, as well as a suspended driver’s license. He was arrested in September 2010, for possession of Xanax with intent to distribute and felony possession of promethazine with codeine with intent to distribute. In December 2010, he was arrested for possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, felony flight, expired tag and no seat belt. In July 2011, he was arrested for possession of codeine.

On Sept. 6, 2011, Hoggatt pleaded guilty to count 1 of a reduced charge of simple possession of marijuana with count 2 dismissed, and his sentencing was delayed.

On Sept. 26, 2011, Hoggatt pleaded guilty to felony possession of marijuana, which was reduced from possession of marijuana with intent to sell. Judge Lillie Blackmon Sanders sentenced him at that time to serve one day in jail with eight years suspended and five years of probation.

Hoggatt was arrested again Oct. 4, 2011, on a bench warrant for failure to pay fines and was released six days later on Oct. 11.

Hoggatt was arrested in January 2012, on an indictment for the 2011 charge of felony possession of codeine, and the Adams County district attorney’s office retired the charge to files.

Information about Hoggatt’s record was provided by information from the Adams County Sheriff’s Office.

“He has had more charges retired to the files than he’s been convicted of,” Mayfield said.

Hoggatt was also the alleged victim of an assault on Nov. 4, 2011, in which he was reportedly shot in the head. Mayfield said deputies chased rumors at the time relating to the incident because Hoggatt initially told doctors he fell off a horse and remained uncooperative with law enforcement. Hoggatt eventually testified about the shooting in February, saying he didn’t realize he was shot until doctors told him, and the charges against suspects Lorenzo Green, 20, and Corey Taylor, 23, were dismissed without prejudice — or nolle prosequi.

“We believe (Hoggatt) was shot in a drug rip off,” Mayfield said.

Mayfield said his office is still investigating additional people relating to Hoggatt’s arrest.

 

 

 

  • Anonymous

    They really need to get out on the practice range and learn to shoot straighter. That would save alot of money for the tax payers.

  • Anonymous

    This man has bbeen arested on felony and misdemoner drug charges since 94, and he’s still on the road??? Man…make a charge stick PD and SO!! I bet David Lidnsey will make his charge stick!!!!

  • Anonymous

    LEL Lillie – 1 day sentence when this perp had the track record behind him……..priceless!  She and the DA need to retire, involuntarily come next election.

  • Anonymous

    The replacement Tahoe will probably do more damage than the Charger did.

  • Anonymous

    Jeez! Enough with the plea-bargaining already!! Put this menace to society on TRIAL!!!

  • Anonymous

    No charge for littering?

  • Anonymous

    STILL WATING ON THE PAPER WORK TO FINISH UP THAT AUDIT. >CRIMINAL-FIGHTING-CRIME<.

  • http://www.natchezdemocrat.com khakirat

    Throw them in the big house and throw the key away!! Then the sheriff put the judges chamber in the restrooms with a threat to them if they don’t address the law as such they will be jailed as well with the DA as well is the way to get these folks attention!!!

  • Anonymous

    Wall + Bullet = no more trouble with this piece of trash. When he isn’t in jail, the taxpayer is giving him welfare, etc. Let ‘em loose Lillie will have him out in short order or the DA will screw up the case so he can get out. What a piece of ****

  • Anonymous

    I’d bet that wrist has a callous on it from being slapped so many times. Where is a Roy Bean when you need him?

  • Anonymous

    Lillie is this one of yours infamous friends?  So how much did he pay you… Once Lillie is out of office she won’t have to work another day. She has a nice stash.  Since You have collect on these cases, Maybe you should give back to the community, by giving free legal hlep to the indigent.

  • vilou09

    I remember this guy was a frequent customer of mine when I worked in Natchez. Paid exclusively in cash. I knew something was up then. He was never a good guy to be around.

  • Anonymous

    I’ve never seen a DA’s office so unwilling to prosecute until I moved to Natchez. So many “charges retired to the files” (prosecution put on hold) until they expire over time. So many “nolle prosequi” (will not prosecute).
    WHY IS THIS?
    Is the DA’s office understaffed? 
    Is the DA’s office told ahead of time not to bother?
    Are the Jails and Prisons overcrowded?Judge Sanders can’t let the criminals go unless they’re, at least, brought up on charges…

  • Anonymous

    OMG!!! I dont know who this Lillie is, Never seen her but heard plenty,It is so sad when someone meant to help protect and serve “Dont care and dont seem to care who knows she dont care.”    (Wrong is wrong… and “wrong” aint never righted wrong)

  • Anonymous

    It’s called nitwits at the helm.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/LJRB4RA4WS5RCCI6N6CV3TFTPQ joes

    OMG how many arrests does it take?  does Miss. have habitual offender/3 strikes law?

  • Anonymous

    It was an undercover charger so i doubt they will replace it with a tahoe

  • Anonymous

    Black Tahoe, black rims, and limo tint – blend right in.

  • vilou09

    What audit?

  • Anonymous

    Talk about frequent flyer through the criminal justice system.  Man.

  • Anonymous

    Get a broke, white female in front of her who is strung out on the drugs being supplied by these “friends/family” of “Judge” Sanders, and she will give her 10 yrs…go figure…

  • Anonymous

    Good comment, but the LEOs are doing their jobs by busting these idiots.  It’s the justice system that’s letting them go with each offense and I’m willing to believe it’s not just one judge.  If one can go back and look at the entire system on all his arrests and court appearances, the story would be told.  So sad and you do make a very valid point.  Why is this person still on the prowl.  It’s clear he has proven he just won’t do right.  Lock up sometimes is best as it saves these types from themselves and saves society as well.