Just after 8:30 Sunday morning, Lowndes County Deputy Mark McGairty attempted to pull over a 1996 white Chevrolet Caprice at the intersection of 4th Street and Main Street. Instead of adhering to the deputies blue and red lights, the driver of the vehicle, Eric T. Owens of West Point, hit the gas and headed west on Main, passing the Gilmer Inn, River Hill Chevron and turning right onto Plymouth Road by Waters Truck and Tractor. Owens drove the Caprice through Parkwood RV Park which is located at the end of Plymouth Road. Residents at the park said Owens was traveling at a “Very high rate of speed” even becoming airborne when he hit a power post. Witnesses say that is when the sedan headed for the water. The front of the vehicle became submerged in the muddy creek and Owens quickly exited the vehicle, fleeing from law enforcement. He ran into the sewage filled creek, quickly making his way across with McGairty close behind. Deputy Todd Mistrot drove to the other side of the creek and the deputies fished the suspect out of the water.
After the deputies had Owens in custody, a records check revealed that he was wanted for questioning in relation to a burglary in West Point.
Owens was charged with felony eluding and is currently still in custody at the Lowndes County Adult Detention Center.