Long-sought fugitive finally caught
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Man who avoided authorities for months nabbed in Greene County
By RUSSELL TURNER
A man who has avoided police in George County for months, once reportedly even swimming the Pascagoula River to avoid being caught, is now in custody in Greene County.
Daniel Jason Pipkins, 43, of Deering Lane, Lucedale, was taken into custody Friday at the intersection of Miss. 63/57 and Old Hwy. 63 just outside of Leakesville. According to the Greene County Sheriff’s Department, Pipkins had been sought for months by bail bondsmen, the Mississippi Department of Corrections and officials in George County, but had avoided being taken into custody. He was wanted on an indictment for larceny (vehicle) in George County Circuit Court and for multiple warrants in justice court, including seven failure-to-appear charges in Lucedale and multiple misdemeanor warrants in Greene County.
According to Chief Deputy Brad Warrick, local officials received information Friday that Pipkins was in Greene County and traveling in a silver Chrysler 300. A vehicle matching that description was spotted on Miss. 57 north of the intersection of Old Hwy 63 and Warrick coordinated with the Mississippi Highway Patrol and officers with the Southeast Mississippi Narcotics Task Force to make a stop of the vehicle.
Warrick said Pipkins was taken into custody without incident. He was charged locally with bond violation and failure to appear, but has since been turned over to the custody of George County officials.
A man traveling with Pipkins at the time of his arrest was also taken into custody. Tony Ray Havard, 57, of Holland Road, Leakesville, is facing a felony charge of possession of methamphetamine after officers reportedly found him in possession of approximately a half gram of the drug.