A 2009 Chevrolet Cobalt that was stolen from Paris was recovered after a high-speed pursuit led to the arrest of a Paris man Friday night.
Joseph B. Coleman, 45, 2465 Hwy. 69A east of Paris, reached a speed of 113 mph trying to evade arrest on the Highway 218 Bypass heading toward Highway 54 west of Paris, according to a report by Henry County Sheriff’s Deputy Kyle Waldron, who was attempting to pull him over for a broken taillight.
Waldron tailed Coleman on Highway 218 until he lost control veering toward Mockingbird Lane and went into a ditch. Coleman drove the Cobalt through the ditch, went airborne and landed in a field near an auto shop on Highway 218.
Waldron’s report indicates Coleman drove through the field for another 20 yards before the car broke down, at which point he fled the scene on foot.
Coleman jumped a fence and ran toward some storage buildings on Mockingbird Lane and officers with the Sheriff’s Department and Paris Police Department surrounded the area.
Coleman was subsequently found hiding under a camper and taken into custody by Sheriff’s Sgt. Blake Jenkins at 10:15 p.m.
Coleman has been charged with felony evading arrest, felony theft over $1,000, reckless endangerment, speeding 113 mph in a 50 mph zone, and driving on a suspended licence.
Coleman also has active arrest warrants from Weakley County and Benton County.
He is scheduled to appear Tuesday in Henry County General Sessions Court. He has a bond set at $20,000.
In unrelated incidents:
• Multiple firearms were apparently taken Nov. 9 from a house on White Street.
According to a report by Paris Police Lt. Tony Elkins, the guns stolen were a Remington .270 caliber rifle with a synthetic stock, a Marlin 30-30 caliber rifle with a woodstock and gold trigger, a Remington .243 caliber semi-automatic rifle with a woodstock, and two Remington 30-06 caliber rifles, one with a gray synthetic stock and the other with a woodstock. Each of the rifles have a 3x9 scope as well.
Elkins’ report indicates the burglary happened between 1:30 p.m. and 4 p.m.
• A Paris woman was arrested for false reports Friday morning involving an aggravated assault incident in late October.
Brittney A. Flippin, 29, 1468 Old McKenzie Hwy., admitted to Carlotta Allen, the district attorney’s victim/witness coordinator, that she lied about her husband Jonathan Flippin assaulting her and a juvenile on Oct. 20.
This resulted in him being arrested and charged with two counts of domestic assault and felony charges of aggravated assault, armed and dangerous felon and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony.
After admitting her statements about the incident were false, Brittney Flippin was taken into custody by Sheriff’s Lt. Lance Perry at 9:25 a.m.
She was given a bond of $5,000 and is set for a Tuesday date in General Sessions Court.