Man accused of accelerating vehicle to run over girlfriend 

Lashadus Harris was brought to appear in Starkville Municipal Court Monday evening after allegedly accelerating to strike and run over his girlfriend with his car. (Photo by Faith Lifer, SDN)

Faith Lifer
Staff Writer

After an argument with his girlfriend, a Starkville man allegedly accelerated to strike her with his vehicle. 

He is also accused of backing up to run over her.  

Lashadus Harris, 27, appeared in Starkville Municipal Court Monday evening for his initial appearance on one count of domestic violence - aggravated assault. 

Harris’ mother and father were by his side as he appeared before Municipal Court Judge Rodney Faver.

During Harris’ probable cause determination, Starkville Police Department Detective Carly Winship testified before the court. 

Winship said she was called to the scene at Reed Ridge Circle on Sunday. 

Winship said when she arrived, the alleged victim and girlfriend of Harris, Jessica Coggins Arnold, had been taken by Pafford EMS after being removed from beneath Harris’ car— from which she had been initially stuck.  

Through accident reconstruction, SPD has determined Harris allegedly put his vehicle in drive, then accelerated to the left to strike Arnold, who was in the driveway of the residence.

Afterwards, Harris allegedly backed his vehicle up, then drove forward again, to run over Arnold again.  

Winship said Harris admits to driving the vehicle and to running over Arnold, yet he claimed the incident was an accident. 

Winship said SPD’s investigation of the tire marks on the driveway are not consistent with Harris’ claims. 

Winship also said she received a witness testimony from a 10-year-old female, who alleged there was an argument before the incident. 

The witness also claims Harris accelerated in order to hit Arnold, then backed up to roll forward again. 

The investigation is still ongoing. 

Winship said Arnold was airlifted to the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo on Sunday. 

Arnold is currently unconscious, in stable condition and being prepped for surgery.

Arnold’s injuries include, but are not limited to: three broken vertebrae, “a gash in her leg with her bone sticking out,” a gash in her head which required stitches, and a broken wrist. 

SPD released a statement Sunday evening stating SPD responded to a report of “a pedestrian being struck by a vehicle” at a Reed Ridge Circle residence on Sunday.

The statement said SPD’s investigation led to the arrest of Harris.

Faver set Harris’ bond to $50,000. 

Harris said he would be hiring an attorney, and Faver allowed him 30 days to do so. 

Harris’ next municipal court date is set for Oct. 10. 

For his charge, Harris could face up to 20 years in prison with a fine of up to $10,000.