A suspect remains behind bars after allegedly leading deputies from two counties on a high-speed chase, running other drivers off the road and eventually being apprehended in the woods after his racing vehicle ran out of gas.
Kirkland Hunter, 21, was charged with felony fleeing, aggravated assault and use of nitrous oxide in a motor vehicle.
Terry Gann, chief investigator with the Yazoo County Sheriff’s Department, said the incident first began in Holmes County after deputies reported a high-speed chase leaving their county and heading into Yazoo County.
“The suspect started out with reckless driving in Holmes County,” Gann said. “When deputies tried to stop him, he refused to stop. The chase eventually ended up coming into Yazoo County, where our deputies tried to stop him. However, the suspect still refused to stop.”
Gann said the chase eventually headed south on Highway 3 with speeds reaching about 170 miles per hour.
“The suspect ended up running two other vehicles off the road,” Gann said. “There were no injuries reported, but the other drivers had to pull off on the shoulder to avoid a collision.”
The suspect’s vehicle ran out of gas near Satartia. Gann said when the vehicle stopped, two male subjects jumped out and fled on foot into the nearby woods. Both suspects were quickly apprehended by deputies.
“The vehicle was modified with nitrous in it,” Gann added. “There was a driver’s seat but no passenger or back seats at all. The passenger was thrown all over the vehicle because he had no way to buckle up. That was where the aggravated assault charge came into the case.”
The passenger was also charged with a misdemeanor. As of press time, Hunter remained at the Yazoo County Regional Correctional Facility.