Man charged after Saturday hit and run, police chase

SDN Editor

A Starkville man is facing felony charges after police say he hit a pedestrian in his vehicle, then led law enforcement on a chase through a residential part of the city, before the car came to a stop off road behind an apartment complex.

The Starkville Police Department on Monday said 23-year-old Javonte Harris is accused of a hit and run involving a pedestrian at the Waffle House in the 1200 block of Greta Lane sometime during the day on Saturday.

The extent of the victim’s injuries is unclear at this time

After receiving the hit and run call, SPD officers made contact with the silver Toyota Camry driven by Harris on Highway 12 and attempted to make a traffic stop.

Harris is accused of not stopping the vehicle and instead continuing north onto Louisville Street. The vehicle then apparently left the road near Gillespie Street, driving along the railroad tracks and coming to a stop in the mud some hundred yards or so from the intersection.

Police say Harris then fled on foot but was apprehended and charged a short time later.

He has been charged with domestic violence - aggravated assault and failure to stop when signaled by an officer — both felonies.

Harris remains in the Oktibbeha County Jail.

According to Oktibbeha County Circuit Court records, Harris does not have any prior felony convictions in Oktibbeha County.