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Deputies go on wild ride after two North Miss. police cruisers stolen

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SARDIS, MS (WMC-TV) - Two stolen police cruisers took deputies on a deadly ride through North Mississippi.

The first police cruiser was stolen Sunday in Sardis, Mississippi.  The second one was stolen in neighboring Yalobusha County in Oakland, Mississippi on Monday.

The most serious incident happened in Oakland, where the suspect died.

"The whole thing is unbelievable because he was a nice guy," said Oakland Court Clerk Kelly Paris.  "You just wouldn't think that."

Investigators said Gregory Smith took off in an Oakland police cruiser and ended up running into an 18-wheeler a few miles away.  The 18-wheeler was knocked on its side, hitting a van and injuring the driver.  Smith was killed.

Smith had some traffic fines and was punished by working them off.  He was doing that by working on the police cruiser.

"There's no way to know why he did that," said Paris.

Sunday, Kendrick Norwood, who is wanted in two states, stole a Sardis police cruiser from a motel.  

Panola County deputies were questioning him as he sat in his red truck.

"The guy gave him several different names and dates of birth," said Sardis Police Asst. Chief Jim Hammer.  "He took off running."

Later, Norwood ended up at the motel.  When officers arrived at the motel, Norwood started fighting.

"My officers chased him around the motel," said Hammer.

Norwood then jumped into the Sardis police cruiser with the keys in it and took off.  He hit a column at the motel a led officers on a chase to Como, Mississippi.

The chase ended when the police cruiser was stopped by a ditch.  Investigators said Norwood had a lengthy list of charges, much of it for fleeing.

Investigators said Norwood's only excuse for his behavior was that he had taken some bad drugs.  He faces several felonies in Sardis, along with charges in Illinois and Iowa.  He is from the Sardis area.

The two incidents are unrelated.

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