Hattiesburg, Petal police chase ends with one in custody

Hattiesburg, Petal police chase ends with one in custody

PETAL, MS (WDAM) - A man is behind bars after a police chase that started in Hattiesburg and ended in Petal Thursday morning.

William Geautreaux, 33 of Petal, was taken in to custody by Petal Police Investigators behind Walgreens in Petal.

Geautreaux was charged with burglary, felony eluding and receiving stolen property.

"Around 9:10 a.m. Hattiesburg Police spotted a vehicle which matched the description of a vehicle that had been recently reported stolen on Wednesday," said Hattiesburg Police Information Officer Lt. Jon Traxler. "Officers attempted to conduct a traffic stop at which time the vehicle failed to stop."

According to Traxler, officers continued pursuing the vehicle which went north on Highway 49 and then east on Highway 42 into Petal.

Shortly after, Petal Police joined the pursuit and a Petal Police cruiser was struck by the suspect's car according to Petal Investigator Sgt. Sammy Ray.

"At that time the suspect jumped out of the vehicle and fled on foot and was taken into custody by Petal investigators," said Ray.

Ray added that the suspect and one Petal officer were treated at the scene by AAA Ambulance with minor injuries.

Petal police turned the suspect over to Hattiesburg police, because they are the ones that have the pending charges according to Ray.

Geatreaux was also wanted by the Mississippi Department of Corrections according to investigators.