Driver leads police on three-county chase - WDAM-TV 7-News, Weather, Sports-Hattiesburg, MS

UPDATE: Driver leads police on three-county chase


A chase through Pearl River, Lamar and Forrest counties ended near exit 59 on Interstate 59 at approximately 9:35 Friday night.

Mississippi Highway Patrol officers arrested Michael J. Riley of Hot Springs, Arkansas after the Ford OnStar van he was driving was stopped by spike strips, bringing the 24-mile car chase to an end.

Hattiesburg Police were informed a chase was approaching the city limits, and the driver was armed with a gun. When the vehicle approached the city, spike strips were successfully deployed, and the vehicle was stopped. The chase was not high-speed and stayed on I-59 the entire time.

Once the van was stopped, officers negotiated with Riley for about an hour before he surrendered and was taken into custody.

The chase began at the 35 mile marker on I-59 in Pearl River County after Riley, 44, was stopped for speeding by a patrol officer. When the officer approached the vehicle, Riley was holding a shotgun to his own head. When the officer backed off, the driver pulled away beginning the chase.

Following the chase, Riley was taken to jail in Pearl River County. Charges are pending.

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