Suspect arrested after refusing to stop

On September 1, 2018, at around 2:00 a.m, a Picayune Police officer was patrolling the area around Witthauer Street and Heritage Plastics, when observed a male subject peddling a bicycle at a high rate of speed without any safety lights. The subject matched the description of a suspect that had earlier ran away from the Pearl River County Sheriff’s Department in the area according to Assistant Police Chief Jeremy Magri.

The officer attempted to conduct a traffic stop on the suspect, later identified as Mushun Deontrare McDowell, a.k.a. “Skeet”, age 36, of 109 Howard Avenue, Picayune, but McDowell refused to stop.

McDowell continued to ride the bicycle down Witthauer toward Bruce Street while the officer repeatedly advised McDowell to stop and pullover, but he refused and shouted back to the officer “I’m going home!”

Magri said McDowell ran the stop sign at Bruce Street before heading westbound on Bruce Street. The officer continued to follow McDowell until he arrived at 303 Bruce Street. McDowell laid down the bicycle, ran to the back of the house, and then ran back to the front yard. At this time, the officer following McDowell, and another officer who had arrived at the location, were able to grab McDowell and take him into custody.

While speaking with McDowell, they observed his eyes to be bloodshot and his speech was slow and slurred. During a pat-down for officer safety, they located a clear plastic baggie in McDowell’s right front pocket that contained a green leafy substance believed to be Marijuana according to Magri.

McDowell was arrested for Possession of a Controlled Substance, Disorderly Conduct, Failure to Comply, Resisting Arrest, and Public Intoxication, transported to the Criminal Justice Center, booked, and incarcerated.