Highway Patrol works two county incidents
by Courtney Warren
Dec 10, 2013 | 3459 views | 0 0 comments | 34 34 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Mississippi Highway Patrol had a busy weekend with one car chase and one car accident.

On Saturday, Trooper Charles Lamb attempted to make a traffic stop in Bolivar County at 10:58 p.m.

According to Trooper Tony Dunn, public affairs officer, a black Dodge truck was traveling east on Miss. Highway 446 near Dahomey National Wildlife Refuge and when the driver refused to stop, Lamb and several other troopers along with local law enforcement began a 34 minute chase throughout the county.

The truck led the officials through "several back roads before ditching the Dodge in Mound Bayou where the driver and a passenger fled on foot."

After an initial investigation of the vehicle found that the truck had switched tags and information was gathered in an attempt to identify the driver and the passenger.

This is still under investigation by the Mississippi Highway Patrol.

Also on Saturday at 4:37 a.m. troopers and Bolivar County Rescue were dispatched to an accident on U.S. Highway 61 north of Duncan.

Erica Welch, 25, of Shelby was walking along the highway dressed in dark clothes when a vehicle collided with her as she attempted to cross U.S. Highway 61 from the west side to the east side.

The vehicle, an Infinity, was driven by Gloria Kneeland, 54, of Greenville and was traveling south.

Kneeland along with passengers Annie Childress, 54, and Jeannie Early 59, of Greenville were wearing seatbelts and not injured.

Welch was pronounced dead at the scene due to injuries sustained.

The Mississippi Highway Patrol is still investigating a possible reason why Welch was walking on U.S. Highway 61 at the time of the accident.

If anyone has any information about this case please contact the Mississippi Highway Patrol at 662-453-4515 or the sheriff’s department.