SOUTHAVEN, MS (abc24.com) - A Mississippi man caught speeding is now in custody after he refused to pull over, rammed two police cruisers and took off on a chase across state lines.
It started in Southaven, Mississippi. Officers say 36-year-old Phillip Anthony Herron assaulted them, and then led them on a hot chase into Memphis.
Herron damaged two police cars; the officers weren't seriously hurt and were able to chase him. It turns out Memphis police also had felony warrants for his arrest. Now Southaven does too.
According to Southaven Police Chief Tom Long, "When they went to pull him over, he went to take a left across traffic; they thought he was going to turn into a side street, he then just did a u-turn, came straight back, and hit one of the units, bounced off of it and hit another unit."
Herron damaged the cars in the front and side, and left the officers banged up. Long says assaulting his officers gave them good reason to go after him.
"[Officers] probably had a pursuit for about ten minutes," Long said, "He had reached those charges that danger level, that it was imperative the officers stop him."
Herron is being held in Tennessee on warrants he faces in Shelby County. He will be extradited to Southaven where he'll be charged with at least two felony assault charges and felony fleeing.