Indianola man arrested in connection with Monday morning theft, 82 accident


An Indianola man is in custody after leading police on a high-speed chase through the city that resulted in a three-vehicle crash on U.S. 82.

At least one person had to be airlifted to a Jackson hospital as a result. Police arrested Edwin Sims of Stonewall Drive and charged him with felony fleeing.

Police had not provided Sims’ age or exact address at press time.

According to Indianola Chief Edrick Hall, the incident began in Washington County when Sims allegedly stole an undetermined amount of beer from a Mitchell Distributing truck making a delivery at a store.

Hall said Sims reportedly pulled alongside of the truck and began loading cases of Corona, Budweiser and other brands into his grey Tahoe while the driver was inside of the store and then hurriedly left the scene.

A Budweiser employee saw Sims and gave chase and then called the Leland police to let them know they were following the suspect. However, Hall said the Mitchell Distributing employee was told that Sims had already passed through that area.

At that point, Indianola officers were called and were waiting and encountered Sims in the area of Brickyard Road and Westside Avenue where they followed him towards the center of town. However, they lost sight of the vehicle after it sped up, but spotted it again near Main and Moody streets and gave chase as the Tahoe raced north on Moody.

The vehicle reportedly barreled through the stop sign at the intersection of Moody and U.S. 82 where it struck a grey Nissan Altima and a black Chevrolet Malibu traveling on the highway. At least two people were injured and the impact left debris scattered over the roadway. The Indianola fire department was called in due to a possible fuel spill, but Chief Orlando Battle said it was just beer.

The accident caused traffic in the east and westbound lanes of U.S. 82 to be halted and backed up for at least a mile in both directions for more than 30 minutes. The incident is still under investigation.