CATEGORY: Crime

AUTHOR: GIBSON

HOLLY SPRINGS - A 17-year-old Ripley youth led law enforcement officers on a two-county chase Thursday morning.

A Holly Springs police officer on routine patrol Thursday morning noticed a truck that had been reported stolen from Ripley. He attempted to stop the vehicle about 9:30 a.m., Holly Springs police officers said.

When the driver failed to yield to blue lights and sirens, the officer called for backup.

Police called in Marshall County Sheriff's deputies when the driver left the city limits. Benton County Sheriff's deputies and Mississippi Highway Patrol troopers also joined the chase before it ended on state Highway 4 in Benton County, near the Tippah County line, police said.

The driver of the stolen truck exceeded speed limits, but was not an extreme danger to other drivers during the course of the chase, police said.

The driver has been charged with misdemeanor failure to yield to blue lights and sirens, and reckless driving by Holly Springs Police. Ripley police will have to levy any auto theft charges, police said.

-Michaela Gibson Morris

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