It didn’t take long for Marcus Purnell to land behind bars after bonding out of jail following a high-speed chase with authorities last week. Texas officers are now bringing him back to Yazoo City for additional charges. But Yazoo authorities aren’t the only ones looking for him.
“After he bonded out of the Yazoo County Regional Jail, he headed over to Carroll County, where he stole a car,” said Interim Police Chief Jay Winstead. “Then he ended up in Denton, Texas, where officers notified us of his whereabouts.”
It is unclear what Purnell did in Denton, Texas to land behind bars. But it is very clear what he did in Yazoo City on June 18.
Purnell led authorities on a high-speed chase through the community, which ended with an injured police officer, a seizure of narcotics and the recovery of a stolen vehicle.
Purnell was charged with aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer, felony fleeing, possession of a controlled substance and possession of a stolen vehicle.
The Yazoo County and Humphreys County Sheriff’s Departments also assisted with the chase.
Purnell traveled north of Jerry Clower Boulevard, passing the Willie Morris Parkway, when police say he intentionally struck a police patrol car. The crash sent the officer to the Baptist Medical Center Yazoo to receive medical treatment.
Cocaine was also recovered from the scene, and the vehicle Purnell was driving was reported as stolen.
Once Purnell returns to Yazoo City, he will be facing additional charges the Yazoo County and Humphreys County Sheriff’s Departments. It is believed that the Carroll County Sheriff’s Department will also be pursuing charges.
“Purnell’s recent arrest was possible through the beneficial act of networking among other law enforcement agencies,” Winstead said. “Keeping other agencies aware of suspects and criminal activity is extremely important when we have to work together to combat crime and maintain order.”