Photo by Sue WatsonSheriff Kenny Dickerson (left) and Maj. Kelly McMillen go over evidence.
Chase nets arrest
A Hickory Flat man was apprehended following a high-speed chase and then a search of woods by dogs and a helicopter, according to sheriff Kenny Dickerson.
The chase began Wednesday, June 27, mid-afternoon when Larry James Price, 33, of the 200 block of Whiteside Cove, Hickory Flat, was chased by New Albany police into Marshall County, he said. Price was accompanied by a female passenger when he fled apprehension in Union County, according to Dickerson.
Upon crossing the Union County/Marshall County line on Highway 349, Price pulled off into a field where the farmer was planting soybeans.
The farmer called the Marshall County Sheriff’s Department reporting the pickup was making donuts in his field.
Marshall County deputies entered the chase, led by Maj. David Cook, who pursued Price’s pickup into Potts Camp. Price drove west on Highway 178 until he arrived at the Tippah River Bridge area close to I-22, the sheriff said.
Price again left the road and drove across a bean field trying to get to the four-lane but his four-wheel drive mired down at the end of a field, Dickerson said. Meanwhile authorities with the Benton County Sheriff’s Department and with DeSoto County Sheriff’s Department joined the search for Price as he fled on foot into the woods.
Sheriff Dickerson, Maj. Kelly McMillen, Cook, DeSoto County Sheriff Bill Rasco, K-9 officers from DeSoto County and a helicopter from DeSoto County began a search for the suspect into the woods. Benton County Sheriff Arnie McMullen and his deputies also helped in the search, which lasted about four hours.
Price came out of the woods after being tracked by K-9 dogs and was brought to the Marshall County jail.
A background check revealed Price was on house arrest and his battery in his ankle bracelet had died, yet he had not reported to the Mississippi Department of Corrections.
Dickerson said between the intense pressure by law officers, the search dogs and the heat, Price surrendered to authorities voluntarily.
Price had an outstanding charge of burglary of a dwelling in Marshall County and a hold order from Mississippi Department of Corrections at the time of his arrest, the sheriff said. He will be held for MDOC, then will come back to face charges of burglary of a dwelling and fleeing, he said.
A female accomplice riding with Price was charged with disorderly conduct and failure to comply with law enforcement officers’ orders, Dickerson said.
She was identified as Julia Marissa Yarbrough, 29, of the 1000 block of CR 299, Hickory Flat, Dickerson said. Yarbrough was released on bond.
The four-wheel drive Dodge pickup driven by Price was determined to belong to his father who lived nearby in the Whiteside Cove area of Hickory Flat.
Price will also be charged with malicious mischief related to damage to soybean fields, the sheriff said.
Upgrade of charges
The domestic violence aggravated assault charges filed against Bobby Gene Beech, 24, of the Holcomb area Monday, June 25, has been upgraded to attempted murder by justice court judge Ernest Cunningham.
Dickerson said bond for Beech was also upgraded from $50,000 to $250,000.
The victim had lacerations to her throat area, according to the sheriff.
Beech was arrested in a parking lot of a business on Highway 178 West when a patrolling officer with Marshall County noticed two suspicious vehicles in the parking lot in the early morning hours and stopped to investigate.
Beech is also being held on charges of child abuse in Grenada County and with touching of a child for lustful purposes by the Clarksdale Police Department, Dickerson said.
Michael C. Wilson, of the 200 block of East Main Street in Kilmichael, was arrested by U.S. Marshals with the Gulf Coast Fugitive Task Force at a location in Byhalia, Dickerson said.
Wilson was wanted on a charge of robbery that took place June 23 at a residence in the 800 block of Rabbit Ridge Road.
Wilson was arrested Monday, June 25, at a business west of Byhalia, the sheriff said.
Wilson is being held on $150,000 bond by Marshall County and also on $75,000 bond from Montgomery County, Dickerson said.
The vehicle Wilson was driving at the time of his arrest was stolen from a residence in Montgomery County, the sheriff said. The vehicle was taken to the Marshall County Sheriff’s Department, processed, then released back to the owner.