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Hit and run injures two outside Ole Miss fraternity houses

Lee Jerrum, photo courtesy Lafayette County Jail. Lee Jerrum, photo courtesy Lafayette County Jail.

(WMC-TV) - The University of Mississippi's campus police have arrested a suspect in a weekend hit and run.

Chief of Police Calvin Sellers said Lee Jerrum, 20, is charged with two felony counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

Jerrum turned himself into authorities with his attorney present late Monday afternoon. Jail officials say he was in the process of bonding out around 5:00 PM. His bond had been set at $20,000.

Sellers said they believe Jerrum was driving the vehicle that struck two pedestrians and several cars behind the Delta Psi and Sigma Epsilon fraternity houses early Saturday morning.

Police say Jerrum's vehicle struck one pedestrian while turning behind the alley. That victim was checked for injuries at the scene.

Witnesses say another student, Philip Skipp tried to open the vehicle's door to get Jerrum out when the vehicle sped off, dragging the student an estimated 20-25 feet.

Even though the driver had fled the scene, Sellers said his officers' first priority was the safety of the two injured students.

"You've got a guy laying in the street that's been drug down the street and our department has experience with that, they know it can kill you," Sellers said.

He was referring to the tragic death of Officer Robert Langley. Langley died after being dragged in October 2006. The driver of that car, Daniel Cummings, fled the scene and later pleaded guilty to manslaughter.

Sellers is glad Skipp only suffered minor injuries from trying to stop the car's driver.

"He just had his hand on the door handle and the guy took off and it drug him down the street a little ways," he said.

Action News 5 talked to Skipp over the phone on Monday. Skipp said he sustained injuries to the head and upper body. He was back on campus Monday after being treated and released from a local hospital.

Police say Jerrum's black Land Rover also damaged at least three other cars. One of those cars belonged to student Nicolas Stephens.

"It was pushed about six feet forward almost hitting the brick wall over there and the rear end is messed up, all squished in," Stephens said.

Stephens said when he heard the commotion outside, he first ran after the driver.

"I saw the car speeding off and people yelling so I chased the car down and got his license plate number," he said.

On Monday morning, Stephens' damaged car was towed. The worker told Stephens that he believed the vehicle was totaled.

According to Sellers, Jerrum plead guilty to a previous DUI on campus in January 2011, but because police say he fled the scene, they don't know if alcohol or drug use may have been a factor in the incident.

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