High speed chase down Mississippi Highway 15

By The Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA — The Neshoba County Sheriff’s Department has asked the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation to investigate the wounding of a teenager after a high speed chase along Mississippi Highway 15.

The incident occurred Tuesday night.

The Neshoba Democrat reports (http://bit.ly/zEkAe2) that authorities say 19-year-old Joseph Allen McCarthy of Union was airlifted to a Jackson hospital after a Neshoba County law enforcement officer’s weapon apparently discharged and struck the suspect in the neck as he was being apprehended.

Neshoba County Sheriff’s Investigator Ralph Sciple referred all questions to the MBI.

McCarthy and 19-year-old Cruise Allen Petty of Philadelphia of Union both face charges of grand larceny, felony fleeing and aggravated assault on a law officer following the high-speed chase that began about 10 miles south of Philadelphia and went for nearly 18 miles down Mississippi 15 south.

Jon Kalahar, a spokesman for MBI, said the Neshoba County Sheriff’s Department answered a call about 10:30 p.m. of a reported breaking and entering.

“Officers were dispatched to the scene and found that two white males had left the house and stolen a vehicle parked in the driveway,” he said.

“A chase ensued with deputies for 15 to 18 miles. Officers were trying to get them off the road and at one point their vehicle struck a deputy’s car and nearly missed several other cars head-on.”

Kalahar said the vehicle later came to a halt in a ditch.

“As officers were running up to get the suspects out of the car, one of the officer’s weapons was discharged and struck McCarty in the neck. He was air lifted to UMC and is listed in stable condition right now,” Kalahar.

Petty was taken to Anderson Hospital in Meridian where he was treated and released.

“Neither men have life threatening injuries,” Kalahar said.

“The investigation is ongoing as to whose weapon was discharged,” he said.