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Authorities pursue Tunica carjacking suspect into Memphis

Yarley Lyons (Source: Tunica County Sheriff's Department) Yarley Lyons (Source: Tunica County Sheriff's Department)
After being pursued by authorities, the Yarley Lyons bailed out of the car while traveling on 3rd Street in Memphis. After being pursued by authorities, the Yarley Lyons bailed out of the car while traveling on 3rd Street in Memphis.

(WMC-TV) – Authorities pursued a carjacking suspect Friday afternoon from Tunica into Memphis.

The suspect, identified by the Tunica County Sheriff's Department as Yarley Lyons, is wanted for taking a car from an elderly woman at a Tunica casino.

Police from Walls pursued Lyons into Memphis, eventually striking the vehicle at Third and Western Park.

Lyons bailed out of the car and ran into a nearby woods.

According to Memphis police, a K9 unit and a police helicopter took part in the search for Lyons.

"There's a big drainage ditch just east of there, so we're checking that as well," said Lt. Col. Frank Garrett.

From his wash rack on South Third and Western Park, John Taper has recently seen a lot of action.

"First the flea market, now this," said Taper.

He saw the high speed chase end Friday afternoon.

"He was trying to go into the neighborhood," he said, "and the police officer, thinking fast, rammed him a little bit."

Lyons was initially pursued by Walls, Mississippi Police Chief Gary Boisseau.

"He was driving at a high rate of speed, extremely reckless all the way from out city limits into Memphis," said Boisseau.

The chief eventually struck the stolen vehicle, but he was unable to make an arrest before Lyons ran into the woods.

Lyons is still currently at large.  The suspect was considering armed and dangerous during the search.

Lyons is the second suspect to avoid capture this week by running into the woods.  The other was a Southaven man who threatened to kill police officers.

If you have any information, call Crime Stoppers at 901-528-CASH.

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