Car chase lands Covington Co. man behind bars, drugs and weapons recovered

Car chase lands Covington Co. man behind bars, drugs and weapons recovered
Drugs and weapons were recovered after a Covington Co. man led authorities on a car chase.
Joshua McDonald
Joshua McDonald

COVINGTON COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - A Tuesday car chase landed a convicted felon, and who police refer to as a known "drug dealer," behind bars once again.

Deputies with the Covington and Smith County Sheriff's Departments apprehended Joshua Lee McDonald, 26 of Mount Olive, after an extensive car chase that ended off Highway 532 in Covington County.

According to Covington County Sheriff Stann Smith, deputies with the Smith County Sheriff's Department attempted a traffic stop on McDonald and he then led deputies on a car chase.

"Covington and Smith County deputies apprehended McDonald on Highway 532 in a wooded area of the county, and a large amount of cash, cocaine, crystal meth, marijuana and weapons were recovered," Smith said. "McDonald is a known drug dealer that we have been after for quite some time."

Officers recovered an AK-47 with two 30 round magazines, a glock .42, right at a half a pound of crystal meth, as well as multiple ounces of cocaine and a substantial amount of marijuana and crack, as well as a large undisclosed amount of cash.

According to Smith, the vehicle McDonald was traveling in had a false car tag and he had constantly been changing it.

"To take someone like this off the streets will keep a late amount of drugs off the streets in Covington County as well as Simpson and Smith counties as well," Smith said.

McDonald is facing felony charges for possession with intent to distribute, possession of a stolen firearm, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, felony fleeing, along with outstanding warrants.

McDonald also had outstanding warrants out of Simpson and Smith counties for drug and weapons charges.

"This is someone we have been after a long time, and this is a big win for law enforcement in this area," Smith said.