Deputy injured in chase identified, was struck by another deputy

Deputy injured in chase identified, was struck by another deputy
Deputy Lance Porier. Source: Columbia Progress

COLUMBIA, MS (WDAM) - New details are emerging after a high-speed chase led to a Marion County deputy getting injured. 

Alicia Holifield, 33, of Summit, was arrested and has been charged with felony fleeing, according to Brent Barfield with MHP Troop J. Other charges could be pending at a later date.

According to Marion County Sheriff Berkley Hall, deputies took over the chase of a stolen vehicle from Hattiesburg through the city limits of Columbia before ending at the crest of Overhead Bridge.

"Overhead Bridge is a highly constructed bridge in the Foxworth community that you can't see the other side of until you crest the bridge," Hall said.

According to the sheriff, another deputy involved in the chase came over the top of the bridge and did not see that the other units were stopped.

The deputy went through the center of two vehicles that were parked in an attempt to avoid a crash, according to Hall.

"It was a blind spot, when he made that crest there they were at a complete stop," Hall said. "All the other deputies who were stopped were exiting their vehicles. That's when Deputy Poirier was struck by our department vehicle."

Deputy Lance Porier was airlifted from the scene and take to Forrest General for treatment.

The Marion County Sheriff's Department posted on Facebook that Poirier had surgery on one of his legs, and has a fracture in the other leg.  That leg is expected to heal without surgery.

"He was in very good spirits of course, you know anytime you go through a trauma like that, naturally everybody, you know in law enforcement gets emotional and you start talking about one of your employees, your brothers in blue as we call them," said Hall. "Everything went real good there and the doctor says he does not see where he will have any major problems in the future as far as with his leg or being able to walk correctly."

MHP crash team is still investigating the accident. No other charges have been filed at this time.

Holifield made her initial appearance Wednesday afternoon where her bond was set at $5,000.

"We just want to send our thoughts and prayers to deputy Poirier, for him to know that we stand behind as a law enforcement agency, it's a big family," said Marion County Chief Deputy Jamie Singley. "We just want the community and pretty much the Pine Belt to send their thoughts and prayers as well that he has a speedy and full recovery."