Local man leads police in foot pursuit Wednesday

Published 12:00 am Thursday, February 12, 2009

NATCHEZ — Natchez police officers were leaping over fences Wednesday morning in pursuit of a local man.

Sgt. Craig Godbold said Justin Ferrel, 30, of Vidalia, allegedly took a truck from Edgin Construction on Feltus Road Tuesday evening and used it to steal from two storage units on Lindberg Avenue.

After he was finished, he parked at his workplace — Energy Drilling — which is across the street from Edgin Construction.

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Wednesday morning, between 7 and 8, Godbold said a report was being filed at Edgin when the stolen vehicle was spotted across the street.

“We went over to the lot and we recovered the truck with all the stolen stuff,” Godbold said.

As they went in to question Ferrel, Godbold said Ferrel took off.

“He jumped over a fence and ran over into the neighborhood,” Godbold said. “Of course we had to chase him.

“We chased him several blocks, jumping over numerous fences and we finally caught him.”

Ferrel has been charged by the NPD with grand larceny, felony malicious mischief and two counts of burglary.

He is currently being held at the Concordia Parish Sheriff’s Office jail, for violating his probation for a previous burglary charge.