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Suspect drags officer, rams several patrol cars

Arthur Dunlap (Source: Southaven Police Department) Arthur Dunlap (Source: Southaven Police Department)

Southaven police are searching for a suspect who rammed several police cars and injured an officer.

WMC Action News 5’s Kontji Anthony spotted the suspect, Arthur Dunlap, less than a mile from where he gave the police the slip at Cotton Lane and Colonial Hills Drive Wednesday night.

When Kontji told him that the police were looking for him, Dunlap asked why.

“They said you rammed their car. Did you do that?” Kontji asked.

“No, they hit me,” Dunlap replied. Then, he took off running.

Anthony called the police, and officers swarmed the neighborhood.

Residents were shaken up.

“He’s asking everybody for rides,” neighbor Jamie Mills said. “The cops came and he just jumped the fence.”

Chief Tom Long said an unidentified officer originally stopped Dunlap at the Circle K on Cotton Lane because Dunlap had no tags on his car.

“He appeared to the officer to be very nervous. Not answering questions,” Long said. “The officer asked for identification he could not produce.”

Long said the officer asked Dunlap to step out of the car and he refused.

“The officer opened the door, grabbed him by the wrist to tell him to step out of the vehicle. He put it in gear and began to accelerate away,” Long explained.

The officer, who was dragged, hopped back into his vehicle. He and two other officers followed Dunlap. They boxed him in with three cars, but Dunlap rammed his way out.

Long said that Dunlap ran away with the officers chasing, but they lost him in a wooded area.

Police learned Dunlap was recently released from prison.

“We came outside and there are like four or five squad cars coming down here,” neighbor Justin Giles said.

Residents said the convict won’t be on the run for too long.

“In this area, these police do their job,” Southaven resident DeAndre Ward said. “When it comes to something like that, it’s not tolerated around here.”

The officer who was dragged is back on the job.

Store clerk Jamie Jackson said, “We’re glad everyone’s okay, at least.”

Police would like your help finding him. Call (662) 393-8652, if you know Dunlap's whereabouts.

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