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UPDATE: Constable disputes report of high-speed chase by law enforcement in Tupelo

Lee County Constable Tom Lyles says a Wednesday night pursuit in Tupelo that ended on North Gloster Street was not a high-speed chase.

Posted: Mar 9, 2019 4:37 AM
Updated: Mar 9, 2019 4:40 AM

TUPELO, Miss, (WTVA) -- Lee County Constable Tom Lyles says his Wednesday night pursuit of a car in Tupelo that ended with it crashing into a police sport utility vehicle was not a high-speed chase.

According to Lyles, he was trying to stop the car because its headlights were off while traveling on North Gloster Street toward the Barnes Crossing area, and he told Lee County E911 on the radio they were going about 45 miles an hour, which is the speed limit for that thoroughfare.

Eyewitness picture of vehicle that crashed into Tupelo police SUV Wednesday

The constable says he started following the vehicle on North Gloster at the Summit Center and turned his flashing blue lights on after they crossed the nearby bridge at McCullough Boulevard. 

Lyles adds the driver stayed on his phone the entire time and crashed into a Tupelo police SUV at Mel Drive.

The constable says the driver cursed the officers who asked him to get out of the car and they wrestled him out of the vehicle.

We don't know the driver's name or what charges he faces.

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