May 19, 2008
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Michael Guest at (601) 825-1472
Madison and Rankin Counties’ District Attorney Michael Guest announced today that Lee Vester Williams was sentenced to 30 years in prison, with twelve years suspended, for aggravated assault involving two law enforcement officials.
In September 2007, a Madison County Sheriff’s Deputy was on patrol and encountered a car that was in the median of Interstate 55. The officer noticed a person that appeared to be running away from the vehicle, and he turned on his blue lights and pulled over to investigate. Williams then pulled onto the interstate and a pursuit ensued. During the pursuit, Williams was traveling at speeds exceeding 100 miles per hour and was passing vehicles on the shoulder of the road.
The Mississippi Highway Patrolman joined in the pursuit of Williams. During the chase, Williams struck the Highway Patrol vehicle several times. Williams later lost control of his vehicle and ran off the roadway, but as officers approached to place the suspect under arrest, Williams continued to place the officers in danger by ramming his car into the side of the trooper’s vehicle numerous times.
The Madison County Sheriff’s Deputy used his car to block Williams’ car and then exited and approached the defendant’s vehicle. Williams accelerated in reverse at the deputy as he was approaching Williams’ car. Trooper Carr then fired his weapon several times into Williams’ car in an attempt to disable the vehicle.
Williams was arrested and transported to UMC hospital and then to the Madison County Detention Center.
It was later determined that Williams had been smoking crack cocaine. After his arrest, a comprehensive search of his vehicle yielded crack cocaine pipes and other drug paraphernalia.
Guest stated, “An assault on law enforcement officers strikes at the very heart of our criminal justice system. These officials are charged with the responsibility of protecting the public and they put their lives at risk every single day. My office will make sure that those who attempt to harm law enforcement will pay the consequences for their actions.”
Guest concluded, “I commend these officers for the outstanding job they did protecting the public from a person who was high on crack cocaine and placed the lives of others in danger. We, as a community, should be proud of those who take the oath to protect and to serve.”