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Fleeing Drunk Hides In Culvert

WATER VALLEY – A Duck Hill man faces felony charges after fleeing from law enforcement during the early morning hours Saturday. Water Valley Police Chief Jason Mangrum reported Christopher Young, Jr., 20, was charged with felony fleeing, reckless driving, DUI and resisting arrest following a brief pursuit that ended in Lafayette County.

The chief reported that Young was clocked by a city officer traveling 95 miles per hour on Hwy. 7 at 2:39 a.m. Young then fled north into Lafayette County where he cut off his lights, parked in a driveway and fled on foot in an attempt to evade the officer. Water Valley officers were joined by deputies from Yalobusha and Lafayette counties in a search that spanned almost 30 minutes before Young was spotted hiding in a culvert.

“We appreciate the deputies from both departments for helping apprehend this subject,” Mangrum said.

Young was released on a $10,000 bond following an initial appearance in municipal court.

In other law enforcement news:

• Mangrum reported a minor was arrested for allegedly shooting into an occupied dwelling during an ongoing dispute between two families in the Rolling Hills apartments on October 16.

“We investigated the shooting call that was after a several-hour dispute between two families,” Mangrum told the Herald. Officers also made additional arrests related to the rift. One person from each feuding family was charged with malicious mischief after vehicles owned by both sides were damaged.

Mangrum said the minor could be charged as an adult and the charges presented to the next grand jury in December.

• Four females were arrested for disorderly conduct following an altercation at the October 22 football game. Mangrum said words were exchanged in the stadium and the situation escalated into a fight.  Water Valley city officers and deputies were in the immediate vicinity and brought the situation quickly under control.

“We appreciate the assistance from the sheriff and deputies, typically we don’t have any problems at football games,” the chief noted.

• Mangrum reported his department launched the “9 p.m. routine” on social media last month. His department posts frequent comical reminders on Facebook at 9 p.m. reminding residents to remove valuables from vehicles and lock them, as well as locking all doors and windows at residences.

“We are getting good feedback on the campaign,” the chief added. “And it has been a while since we have had a report of a vehicle burglary.”

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