Man charged with multiple offenses after chase by law enforcement



August 17, 2023


On Wednesday, July 19, 2023, Lewis County Deputy Michael Scott, attempted to initiate a traffic stop on the Natchez Trace Parkway with a gray Dodge Ram 1500 going 72 miles per hour in a 50 mile per hour zone. When Deputy Scott turned around, the vehicle accelerated at a high rate of speed. Once he caught up with the vehicle, he initiated his emergency lights, and the subject started to yield, then rapidly accelerated again.

Shortly after, the suspect's vehicle began to have mechanical issues, causing him to pull over. Justin Atkins, 34, of Waynesboro, exited out of the driver's side front door...

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