Authorities chase car across parish, state, county lines

Published 12:46 am Friday, March 20, 2009

NATCHEZ — Law enforcement officers were involved in a high speed chase from approximately 10 to 11 p.m. Thursday night that started in Catahoula Parish, extended through Concordia Parish, Natchez, Adams County and into Wilkinson County.

At least 13 law enforcement officers were involved as the chase passed U.S. 61 South. The car, reportedly registered to Jonathan Pittman of St. Francisville, La., was headed south. The chase reportedly started at a traffic stop in Catahoula Parish.

Natchez Police Chief Mike Mullins said his officers were notified of the chase as it neared the Mississippi River bridge.

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“We were not able to get stop sticks out, because we were not notified until we got to the bridge,” Mullins said.

Natchez Police Department officers stationed themselves at the intersections of John R. Junkin Drive and Homochitto Street and again at the U.S. 61, John R. Junkin intersection, but were unable to stop the vehicle.

The NPD units were called off the chase before it got to the Adams County line, Mullins said.

Wilkinson County, Woodville Police Department and Mississippi Highway Patrol officers were all alerted as the vehicle continued south.

The vehicle reportedly turned off the highway somewhere in Wilkinson County.

No further information was available late Thursday night.

Officers from Ferriday, Concordia Parish, Natchez, Adams County, Wilkinson County, Woodville and the Mississippi Highway Patrol were involved.