By William Moore
NEW ALBANY – A Pontotoc County man is facing felony charges in Missouri and Mississippi after fleeing a safety checkpoint Tuesday night.
Donovan Lipich, 44, of Subertown Road, Ecru, stopped at a Mississippi Highway Patrol safety checkpoint on Highway 15 South Tuesday evening and gave the trooper his name, date of birth and Social Security number, said Union County Sheriff Jimmy Edwards.
“When the trooper went to the back of the car to call it in and find out he had two warrants out of Missouri, that’s when he took off,” said Edwards. “The pursuit ended when he drove out in a field and got stuck and fled on foot.”
Law enforcement officers from several agencies started searching for Lipich around 11:30 Tuesday night and searched all day Wednesday, finally arresting him around 7 p.m. The search focused on the area around County Roads 108 and 116 in southern Union County.
“We ended up catching him off County Road 107, just almost at the road,” said Edwards. “We’ve already charged him with felony fleeing and had a bond set at $25,000. He will also face several misdemeanor charges.”
Lipich still faces the original two felony charges from Missouri and possible federal charges.
“The U.S. Marshals are looking at federal charges because he is a convicted sex offender and as far as we can tell, he crossed state lines and never registered here,” said Edwards. “He lived in Pontotoc County and he never reported like he was supposed to.”
Union County deputies, along with the Mississippi Highway Patrol, New Albany Police, U.S. Marshal and the Mississippi Department of Wildlife Fisheries and Parks were involved in the case.