Man charged after confrontation with deputies outside mall

Man charged after confrontation with deputies outside mall

LAMAR COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - Shoppers at Turtle Creek Mall may have noticed a heavy police presence outside the shopping center around lunchtime Thursday.

That's because a man was ramming cars in the parking lot as he attempted to elude deputies, according to Lamar County Sheriff Danny Rigel.

Rigel said it all started when deputies attempted to arrest 27-year-old James Corley, of Lamar County, on two felony warrants.

As deputies approached Corley, Rigel said, he rammed an unmarked vehicle head-on and then ran into three more vehicles in the parking lot as he was trying to get away.

According to Rigel, Corley pulled a handgun on deputies as he was driving but threw it out the window during the chase.

Rigel said Corley ran into two more vehicles before he finally stopped. All of the vehicles were unoccupied, and no injuries were reported except to Corley, whose face was injured during the crash.

Corley is now charged with two counts of aggravated assault on a police officer, two counts of sale of a controlled substance, felony eluding, trafficking drugs with intent while in possession of a firearm and possession of a weapon by a convicted felon.

Corley is being held at the Lamar County Jail without bond.