OLIVE BRANCH, Miss. - Officials have identified the man accused of setting his girlfriend on fire and kidnapping her niece before leading police on a wild chase between Memphis and north Mississippi.
Olive Branch police have charged Jeremy Manning, 42, in connection with the series of incidents that ended after he crashed into an MPD officer’s vehicle.
Around 2:50 a.m. Tuesday, a woman showed up at the Olive Branch Methodist Hospital with 2nd and 3rd-degree burns. Investigators said she was burned after gasoline was thrown on her in the Chateau Ridge subdivision.
Authorities said Manning, the man suspected of throwing the gasoline -- who officials said was her boyfriend -- drove away from the scene with a 3-year-old girl to Memphis, according to OPD Chief Don Gammage.
Officers also told FOX13 the child does not belong to Manning. The child is the woman's niece, according to officials.
Just minutes after the woman arrived at the hospital, officials with MPD told FOX13 Ridgeway Station officers were involved in a vehicle pursuit that started at Winchester and Riverdale around 3 a.m.
An officer was approached by Manning occupying a white Cadillac. Officers said he pulled up beside the officer and said he would kill a child that he had in his car if he couldn’t use a phone.
That’s when the officer attempted to approach Manning's car, but he quickly drove away.
The officer chased Manning and conducted a traffic stop near Winchester and Kirby at the American Car Center – but the suspect drove away again.
He began traveling southbound on Lamar into Olive Branch.
Officials notified aviation authorities to help with the chase. Olive Branch PD, Southaven PD, and DeSoto County deputies were also notified.
Investigators said Manning bailed out of his vehicle near Lafayette Drive and LaVay in Olive Branch.
After a foot chase, Manning was taken into custody.
During the incident, Manning rammed an MPD car, forcing the car to hit another MPD car. Both officers were taken to the hospital in non-critical condition.
Mississippi authorities said the 3-year-old child was thrown from the vehicle just blocks from where he crashed into an MPD vehicle. It's unclear if the car was moving when the child was thrown.
Manning was also involved in a domestic situation in Olive Branch before his contact with MPD.
Manning was taken to Regional One after authorities said he reportedly admitted to taking narcotics before the incident. OPD officials said the suspect was injured and remains hospitalized.
Police are still investigating the situation.
Mississippi officials said Manning is facing multiple charges, including attempted murder, (2) aggravated assault, arson, and kidnapping of a child in Olive Branch. He's also facing child endangerment and fleeing the scene in Memphis.
Manning’s bond in Mississippi was set at $1.305 million. His court date is pending the disposition of charges by MPD.
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