Auto theft at Lowndes County store leads to high-speed chase

A Columbus man allegedly stole a woman's vehicle and led sheriff's deputies on a chase in Lowndes County.

Posted: Oct 14, 2019 11:29 AM
Updated: Oct 14, 2019 5:10 PM

COLUMBUS, Miss. (WTVA) - A 23-year-old man is charged with stealing a vehicle and fleeing from deputies in Lowndes County.

According to the Lowndes County Sheriff’s Department, the theft happened Friday at Ole Country Store on Highway 12 in Steens.

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Gregory Cole Johnson | Source: Lowndes County Sheriff's Department

The suspect, Gregory Johnson, allegedly got into a woman’s running, unlocked vehicle and drove away.

A sheriff’s deputy responded and saw Johnson pass by the store in the woman’s vehicle, according to the sheriff’s department.

This led to a high-speed chase, but officers used spikes to stop the vehicle on Highway 50

The sheriff’s department says Johnson drove recklessly during the chase and reached speeds higher than 80 mph while passing vehicles and running them off the road.

The 23-year-old Columbus man is charged with felony taking of a motor vehicle and felony fleeing.

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