Ole Miss hit-and-run suspect faces charges

By Errol Castens/NEMS Daily Journal

OXFORD – A 20-year-old University of Mississippi student turned himself in Monday to face felony charges related to a hit-and-run that followed an altercation on the Ole Miss campus.
Lee Jerrum, a liberal arts major from Atlanta, Ga., reported to the University Police Department Monday afternoon with his attorney and was charged with two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. He was released on $20,000 bond.
UPD Chief Calvin Sellers said the incident began about 1:15 Saturday morning in “Frat Alley” behind the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity house. A confrontation began over some slashed tires, he said, and the accused person drove off but soon returned.
“A student driving a Land Rover drove up in there too fast. He hit one person, and another person opened the door to try to get him out. (The driver) took off and dragged that person down the street a little ways, and that person hit the pavement face-first.”
The first student, who Sellers said jumped onto the vehicle in an apparent effort to avoid being run over, was checked by medical personnel on the scene. The second was treated at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi and released.
Sellers said the driver of the Land Rover damaged at least three other vehicles before fleeing again.
Jerrum pleaded guilty to DUI after UPD arrested him in January 2011, Sellers said, but because he was not arrested until more than 48 hours after this incident, there is little chance of determining whether intoxicating substances were involved.
Jerrum’s attorney, Kevin Frye of Oxford, said that contrary to published reports his client did not evade police.
“I spoke early Saturday morning with University Police, and they were well aware that he was available at any time over the weekend,” Frye said. “Lee made himself available as soon as University Police asked him to be available. The fact that that was Monday afternoon was controlled by University Police and not by Lee.”
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