On September 10th, 2020, at approx 1:35pm, the Lee County Sheriff’s Department was dispatched to a residence located on Road 468 near Shannon, MS for a reported disturbance. A female on scene stated that a family member was initially met at the residence by Latonya Mayfield, 41-year-old female, with a hammer in her hands threatening to kill herself.
After the initial call of the disturbance, the caller advised that Mayfield had taken a 2018 black Cadillac with an open trunk, and left the scene headed toward Shannon.
Investigators with the Lee County Sheriff’s Department saw the vehicle headed north on Hwy 145 near the Brewer Road intersection approaching the city of Verona. They were able to turn around and catch up to the vehicle near the Gloster St/Hwy 6 intersection in Tupelo and began trying to initiate a traffic stop on the 2018 Cadillac. The driver of the vehicle failed to stop when directed and the pursuit continued north on Hwy 45 to Barnes Crossing road where they exited and got back on Hwy 45 going southbound.
We made contact with the initial caller during the pursuit and confirmed that the 2018 black Cadillac was stolen by the female driver, Latonya Mayfield.
The pursuit was taken over by a marked Lee County Sheriff Department Vehicle and continued south to the Brewer road exit where they exited off Hwy 45 and went to Hwy 145 and back to Shannon.
Speeds through this pursuit ranged from 60 miles per hour to over 100 miles per hour.
The pursuit went into Shannon then back north thru Verona on Raymond Avenue. Two attempts to deploy “spike-strips” were evaded by the driver, however, at the intersection of Gloster St and Hwy 6 the Tupelo Police Department was able to get the “spike-strips” deployed and the suspect vehicle ran over them. The vehicle went back to Hwy 45 and proceeded to go north on Hwy 45 but both passenger side tires were deflating rapidly.
At approx 2:01pm the vehicle pulled over on Hwy 45 approx 600 yards north of the Green Street/Hwy 6 intersection, after losing the front passenger side tire and the rear passenger side tire being flat. After the vehicle came to a stop, a Deputy approached the vehicle. The female was holding a hammer in her hand yelling at the officer and the female was taken into custody at that time without any further incident.
The Lee County Sheriffs Department, Tupelo Police Department, Verona Police Department, Shannon Police Department, and the Mississippi Highway Patrol all assisted in this pursuit and were able to bring the pursuit to a safe end.
Special thanks to the Lee County Sheriff Department Dispatchers and the Lee County E911 dispatchers for their valuable assistance in helping with this case and it resulting in a safe and peaceful end.