Drag racing led to a deputy’s vehicle being struck by an out-of-control vehicle near Broadway last week.
The deputy was taken to a Jackson hospital and has since been released. And two suspects are being questioned in connection with the racing accident that could have led to more serious injuries.
“The deputy was able to avoid a head-on collision with the suspect’s car,” said Terry Gann, chief investigator with the Yazoo County Sheriff’s Department. “The deputy was banged up and bruised, but it could have been a lot worse.”
Deputy Simon Stubblefield was turning off of Highway 3, heading up the ramp towards Broadway when he noticed two vehicles racing at a high-rate of speed.
“The deputy headed up the ramp to get to Broadway when one racer lost control of his vehicle and came down the ramp the wrong way,” Gann said. “The suspect struck the patrol car, injuring the deputy.”
Gann said the driver of the vehicle then jumped out of the car and fled on foot. Stubblefield was taken to the University Medical Center in Jackson to treat his injuries.
“We have two suspects who are detained for questioning,” Gann said. “Charges may follow, including hit and run and racing. The suspect did not intend to strike the deputy’s patrol unit, which may rule out the aggravated assault on an officer. We are currently trying to piece everything together with our investigation.”