Stolen car crashes into officer's car during investigation into different stolen car

SOUTHAVEN, MS (WMC) - Seven people are in custody after a stolen car rammed into a police cruiser as an officer investigated another stolen car.

Southaven Police Department said the whole incident started Tuesday when an officer pulled over five suspects in a stolen car on Highway 51 just outside Horn Lake.

While the officer was speaking with the suspects in the stolen car, two teens--who are now in custody--crashed a different stolen car into the officer's cruiser.

"As he was stopping the car on [Highway] 51 just across the bridge about to make contact with them, a second car rammed into the back of his vehicle," Southaven Police Lt. Mark Little said. "One officer stayed with him, and we were able to take two juveniles into custody at the scene of the first crash,"

The suspects in the original car took off. They eventually crashed outside a McDonald's. They bailed out of the car and tried to out run officers.

"The officer pinned the car in, and they bailed out, four of them bailed out on foot and one in this field here," Little said.

Law enforcement searched the area for about an hour, until all five people were eventually captured.

"We just saw police on top of roofs. They were running up and down with dogs, helicopter flying back and forth three foot off the ground. It was crazy," witness  Billy Brower said.

"All of them were young, and that's really, really bad. They got nothing else to do but mess up their life like that," Arthur Fields, an onlooker, said.

Southaven Police Department believes the two incidents are related.

No one was hurt in the crash, but one person was bit by a canine officer, so they are being checked out.

The ages right now on all of these people are unclear, but at least three are underage. The official charges against the suspects have not been released at this time.

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