This is a news release from the Jones County Sheriff's Department.
On Tuesday, around 11 a.m., a Jones County Sheriff’s Deputy was traveling on Ellisville Boulevard when he saw a red Saturn with tinted windows. It immediately became obvious to the deputy that the windows were a violation because of the excessive dark tint. The deputy made an attempt to pull the vehicle over when the driver refused to yield to the deputy and began to speed away.
The driver, Travis Brown, 38 of Laurel, led the deputy toward the Industrial Park when he came to a stop. When the deputy pulled up, Brown put the vehicle back in drive and pulled off once again.
The deputy noticed what appeared to be small bags of a substance being thrown out of the vehicle’s window by Brown and the passenger, Tony D. Pierce, Jr., 27 of Laurel. Brown drove toward Laurel and the area of Woodlawn Drive.
Additional deputies joined the effort to get Brown to stop the vehicle. Brown eventually stopped the car and Pierce exited the vehicle and fled on foot at the area of 13th Avenue. Brown was quickly apprehended and Laurel Police Officers assisted in the search for Pierce. With the help of residents in that area Pierce was located hiding beneath a home.
Both men were taken into custody. Brown was charged with Improper Equipment, Felony Fleeing in Motor Vehicle, and Suspended Driver’s License. Pierce was charged with Resisting Arrest and Providing False Information to Law Enforcement. Their bonds will be set at a later time.