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WATER VALLEY – One person was flown to the Regional Medical Center in Memphis with critical injuries following a two-vehicle crash on the bypass in Water Valley Sunday evening. Water Valley Police Chief Jason Mangrum reported the occupant was ejected from the vehicle.
“It appears the driver ran the stop sign on Wise Street,” Mangrum reported. The chief said a second occupant in the vehicle, a baby, was released to a family member at the scene. The driver of the second vehicle was also injured and transported by EMS to Baptist Memorial Hospital in Oxford.
Mangrum said the accident was reported at 7:30 p.m. and it took over an hour to clear the scene. The chief also said the south-bound lanes were shut down to clear a landing zone for the helicopter.
Departments assisting the Water Valley police department included an officer from the Coffeeville Police Department, the Yalobusha County Sheriff’s Department and the Water Valley Fire Department. Off-duty deputies and off-duty Water Valley officers also responded.
“We had a great response, everybody came together and helped us work it. They did a really good job,” the chief added.
Other law enforcement activity reported by the chief included:
• Joey Perkins, 46, and Tina Archer, 29, were each charged with one count of felony child abuse on March 25. Mangrum said the charges stemmed from the couple’s one year-old child testing positive for a controlled substance.
“Child Protective Services turned over lab work that started our investigation,” Mangrum reported.
Perkins and Archer, both of Water Valley, are currently out on bond. The charges will be presented to a grand jury.
• The department has received multiple reports of vehicle burglaries. Mangrum said the incidents are spread out around town.
“Loose change has been reported stolen. A couple of the vehicles looked like they had been gone through, but nothing was taken,” the chief added. “Please be sure not to leave any valuables in your vehicles and lock your doors. And let us know if you see any suspicious activity,” Mangrum said.
• An intoxicated driver was arrested on March 29 after hitting a fire hydrant on Main Street between Valley Lumber and Sprint Mart and leaving the scene.
“A student at the Coding Academy who witnessed the accident was able to provide a vehicle description and direction of travel. We caught up with her at Rascals on Central Street,” Mangrum said.
Multiple charges are pending including possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute.
“We are still investigating this incident,” the chief added.