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SUV sinks in floodwater near Eagle Lake

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Submerged Cadillac SUV can barely be seen above the flood water. (Photo by David Day)

A Cadillac Escalade travelling west on state Highway 465 left the roadway and sank in floodwater near Eagle Lake.

The vehicle left the roadway just inside Issaquena County Tuesday around 7:17 p.m.

Both occupants, two black males, one in his 30s and the other in his early 20s, escaped from the vehicle.

Eyewitness Chris Johnson, husband of Stacia Johnson of Alfa Insurance, was the first person on the scene and saw the passenger swim to the shore. The driver was standing on the SUV. As Johnson prepared to dive in to rescue the driver, the driver stopped him, saying he had just had back surgery.

“I can’t swim,” he told Johnson.

The quick-thinking Johnson saw a 20-foot log and floated it over to the driver, who used the log as a flotation device until he was close enough to the shore to walk out of the water.

Log used for flotation device by the stranded driver. (Photo by David Day)

The driver was transported by Medic 30 to Merit Health River Region, having aggravated his recent surgery.

The SUV is almost fully submerged in the floodwaters.

The Mississippi Highway Patrol, Warren County sheriff’s deputies, and Eagle Lake and Culkin fire departments responded to the scene.

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Deion Sanders coached high school to championship before leaving for JSU

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Jackson State University head coach Deion Sanders coached his last high school football game last night at Trinity Christian High School where they won the Texas Christian Athletic League Championship.

Sanders is the Tiger’s offensive coordinator and his son, Shedeur, is the team’s starting quarterback. They defeated the Heir Eagles Academy 59-28 to finish with a great 8-3 record.

Sanders posted members of his team on Twitter after the big win and showed how proud they are to be the champs.

Sanders also had three Vicksburg natives on the championship team who all contributed to winning the big game. Shardez Taylor, Marvin Martin Jr, and Quentin Pollard all had great performances this season for the Tigers.

Saturday’s game marked Sanders’ final game at Trinity. His focus is now on his new Jackson State football family. He was named head coach for JSU two months ago. He has already begun bringing in major recruits for Jackson State,  including Shedeur who will be joining him next year.

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Vehicle takes out hydrant and utility pole

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Photo by David Day

A single vehicle collision has taken out a fire hydrant and a utility pole on Cherry at Baum.

Photo by David Day

At 10:40 p.m. E-911 Dispatch received a call that a dark blue Kia SUV had impacted a utility pole on Cherry Street near East. The first officer on scene called in that a fire hydrant had also been impacted and that water was gushing into the roadway.

Photo by David Day

Neither the driver or the passenger of the Kia was injured however a man was taken into custody at the scene.

No disruption of utility services in the area was noted and that traffic was flowing smoothly.

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High speed chase ends in fiery crash

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(photo by David Day)

A high-speed chase Saturday evening that began near the Waffle House in Vicksburg has ended in a crash in Claiborne County and a vehicle in flames.

First reports indicate the incident began around 5:10 p.m. as an argument at the Waffle House at 4100 Pemberton Square Blvd. A man and woman left the scene and stopped at a Shell gas station on U.S. Highway 61 South where the man pulled the woman, who is pregnant, out of the vehicle by her hair.

The man, Bojara O’Quinn of Claiborne County, then fled, leading Vicksburg police officer Michael Battle on a high-speed chase south on 61 South. The chase exceeded 110 mph at times.

The chase ended just inside the Claiborne County line on Shiloh Road in a crash where the vehicle, reportedly a rental with Illinois plates, burst into flames. The crash occurred right at 5:30 p.m.

O’Quinn is in custody and received minor injuries in the crash. The woman involved received very minor injuries and is apparently safe.

Deputies with the Claiborne County Sheriff’s Department, and troopers with the Mississippi Highway Patrol assisted in O’Quinn’s capture.

Bojara O’Quinn (photo by David Day)

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