Authorities search for auto theft suspect in Hub City

Authorities search for auto theft suspect in Hub City
Police searching for a juvenile suspect involved in a car chase that ended on Arledge Street.

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Hattiesburg police and Forrest County authorities are searching for a juvenile that they said escaped police custody and stole a truck.

"The juvenile was handcuffed and being transported to the Forrest County Annex next to Pine Grove when he jumped out of the car," Forrest County Sheriff Billy McGee said. "He then went by the Lil Butcher Shoppe on Broadway Drive and stole a truck and fled."

Hattiesburg police spotted the stolen vehicle, which was a white Ford pickup truck and gave chase.

The suspect wrecked the truck in an empty lot at the Arledge Street and Lafayette Avenue intersection.

"We do not consider him armed and dangerous, he could still be handcuffed, and we are looking for him," McGee said.

Police are currently canvassing the area and searching for the black male suspect.

If you have any information contact the Forrest County Sheriffs department, Hattiesburg police, or metro crime stoppers at 601-582-STOP.