If you’re a current subscriber, log in below. If you would like to subscribe, please click the subscribe tab above.
Username and Password Help
WATER VALLEY – A Lafayette County man is facing felony charges after fleeing from law enforcement officers Monday afternoon. Water Valley Police Chief Jason Mangrum reported Bobby Edward Pope, a resident of CR 374 in southern Lafayette County, was charged with felony fleeing, reckless driving, resisting arrest and numerous traffic violations. The arrest stemmed from a pursuit after a concerned citizen called 911 to report a possible intoxicated driver leaving Sonic Drive-In.
Pope fled from a city officer who initially attempted to stop him on North Main Street. He crossed Hwy. 7 and briefly entered Lafayette County before turning back south and re-entering the city on CR 112. Pope was apprehended after a Water Valley officer and Sheriff Mark D. Fulco forced him to stop on Central Street near Renasant Bank. He was taken into custody following a brief struggle and transported to the Yalobusha County Detention Center.
Officers also recovered a knife that Pope allegedly chunked out the window during the pursuit.
Mangrum reported that Pope remains in custody in the county jail, as the Mississippi Department of Corrections has a hold on him.
In other law enforcement activity in the city Mangrum reported four juveniles have been identified in connection with a report of vandalism at the high school softball field on Market Street. Mangrum reported the damage to the concession stand included multiple doors.
“We are working with the school and booster club on this case,” Mangrum added. He also said the juveniles will be turned over to youth court.