Clay Co. chase results in two-car wreck on Highway 182

Mississippi Highway Patrol is actively investigating a multi-vehicle wreck at the intersection of MS Highway 182 and Hickory Grove Road in Oktibbeha County.
Staff Writer

Mississippi Highway Patrol is actively investigating a two-vehicle wreck after a high-speed pursuit in Clay County crossed over into Okitbbeha County on Sunday morning.

At the scene, two vehicles - a pickup truck and car - were severely damaged, while a Clay County Sheriff's cruiser was also on the scene, but appeared to have sustained little to no damage.

MHP Troop G spokesperson Sgt. Criss Turnipseed said at approximately 10:16 a.m. Sunday morning, MHP troopers were dispatched to a crash that resulted from a pursuit of a stolen vehicle by a Clay County Sheriff's deputy. The chase crossed into Oktibbeha County and ended at the intersection of Hickory Grove Road and MS Highway 182.

Turnipseed said the stolen 2004 Nissan Passenger car traveling south on Hickory Grove Road collided with a 2008 Chevrolet pickup traveling west at the intersection of Highway 182.

The driver of the stolen Nissan was identified by MHP as 28-year-old Jonathan Cosby of Haleyville, Alabama.

Turnipseed said Cosby suffered serious injuries, while the driver of the pickup - 77-year-old Otis Robinson of Starkville - was transported to OCH Regional Medical Center with moderate injuries.

Turnipseed then confirmed on Monday morning that Cosby had suffered "non-life threatening injuries."

Clay County Sheriff Eddie Scott said a deputy spotted Cosby in the Nissan somewhere on Highway 45. The vehicle had been reported stolen, which prompted the officer to pursue Cosby.

Cosby was airlifted to University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson and the driver of the pickup was transported by ambulance to OCH Regional Medical Center in Starkville.

Scott said the investigation will be a combined effort of his office, the West Point Police Department and the Mississippi Highway Patrol. He then said the sheriff's office will likely charge the suspect with felony fleeing pending the suspect's medical condition.

The deputy who pursued the suspect was not injured during the incident.

West Point Police Chief Avery Cook confirmed the Nissan had been stolen from within the city limits, and said WPPD will bring additional charges, pending the suspect's medical condition.

"It's under investigation and there are charges pending," Cook said.

This is a developing story. Follow the Starkville Daily News for updates.