Man charged after fight with DeSoto County deputy leads to car crash

SOUTHAVEN, Miss. — A man is facing multiple charges after a fight with a DeSoto County deputy that led to a car crash early Monday morning.

Around 7:15 a.m., a DeSoto County Sheriff’s Deputy saw what appeared to be a disabled vehicle on the side of I-55 S, near Pleasant Hill Road, DCSD said.

The vehicle had a stolen license plate.

The deputy approached the vehicle and the driver, who was changing a tire.

The driver ran away, but the deputy was able to catch him, DCSD said.

The driver, identified as Maurice Johnson, was uncooperative and the deputy tased him.

Johnson attempted to grab the deputy’s gun, then ran back to his vehicle.

DCSD said the deputy repeatedly asked Johnson to show his hands and get out of the vehicle, but Johnson refused.

Johnson then reached under the seat and pulled out what appeared to be a gun before fleeing.

Johnson wrecked out at Hwy. 51 and Turman Farms a few minutes later. He was taken into custody. No one was injured during the incident.

Johnson faces multiple charges, including an aggravated assault charge in Memphis and several warrants out of Southaven, DCSD said.