Police: County man flees officers with stolen motorcycle

Published 12:53 am Tuesday, April 4, 2017


NATCHEZ — An Adams County man was arrested Sunday for allegedly driving off with a motorcycle in broad daylight while the owners ate at a local restaurant.

Natchez police spotted the man riding the stolen motorcycle on North Union Street and apprehended him following a brief foot chase.

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John S. Swoveland, 52, 35 Deer Lake Road, reportedly took a motorcycle between 3 to 3:30 p.m. from off the back of a parked trailer while the owner was eating inside Ruby Tuesday with his family, said Natchez Police Department Lt. Julius Steele.

Steele said shortly after the report was made at 3:30 p.m., officers allegedly spotted Swoveland on North Union Street headed toward downtown. Swoveland was reportedly riding the orange and blue 2013 KTM Model 250 XC-F motorcycle, which is registered in Louisiana, and fled when the officer attempted to stop him.

After the officer radioed ahead, another officer near B Street decided to park his unit across North Union Street to stop Swoveland, Steele said.

Swoveland allegedly attempted to get around the vehicle. But when the officer opened a door, Swoveland, attempted to avoid it and a parked SUV, lost control of the motorcycle, Steele said.

At slow speed, Swoveland reportedly sat the motorcycle down in the road and jumped up and took off running, Steele said.

The officer pursued and tackled Swoveland less than 20 feet down the road, Steele said.

Swoveland was charged with grand larceny and resisting/obstructing arrest.

Swoveland was in jail Monday afternoon with no bond set.