Late this morning the Mississippi Highway Patrol attempted to pull over a driver, identified as Xavier Evans, 25, of Ellisville, for a traffic violation. Evans would not yield to law enforcement and a pursuit ensued south of Ellisville on Highway 11, headed north, then made its way through the town of Ellisville. The Ellisville Police Department and Jones County Sheriff’s Office assisted in the pursuit, which ended at a residence just off Hill Street.
Evans bailed out of the vehicle at a residence, leaving an adult female in the car. Evans raced inside the residence carrying a backpack, with law enforcement close behind. It was determined Evans knew the owner of the residence. Evans came out of the home in a few minutes.
Jones County Sheriff Department narcotics officers received permission from the homeowner to search the property and shortly after found a backpack wrapped up in a shirt inside a deep freezer, which was just inside the home. Inside the backpack were several individual bags of high-grade marijuana and one larger container of the substance. A gun was also discovered in the backpack.
The Jones County Sheriff’s Narcotics Division adopted the case from the Mississippi Highway Patrol, took Evans into custody and charged him with felony fleeing in a motor vehicle, possession with intent while in possession of a firearm and weapon possession by a convicted felon.