Man tries to run over cop

Published 11:59 pm Thursday, July 16, 2009

An Opp man is accused of trying to run down an Opp police officer before crashing into not only the cop’s car, but also a local residence, during an attempt to flee from law enforcement Wednesday.

Lance Corey Bailey, 28, is charged with the attempted murder of a law enforcement officer, two counts of reckless endangerment and two counts of second-degree criminal mischief.

The incident occurred shortly after 9 p.m. when Opp’s third shift officers were dispatched to a residence in the 1000 block of State Hwy. 134 in response to a general disturbance, Opp’s assistant police chief Mike McDonald said.

“The second shift supervisor, who was the first unit on the scene, exited his patrol vehicle and started to approach a pick-up truck that was parked in the driveway,” McDonald said. “(That’s when Bailey) cranked the pick-up truck and put it in reverse and started driving toward the shift supervisor at a high rate of speed. The shift supervisor jumped from the path of the truck to keep from being struck.”

McDonald said the pick-up then struck the officer’s patrol car, causing moderate damage, before driving off through the residence’s yard. Bailey was traveling eastbound on State Hwy. 134 at a high rate of speed without his headlights on, he said.

McDonald said other OPD units attempted to stop the truck as it traveled eastbound on Hart Avenue.

“That time he nearly struck a pedestrian,” he said. “He continued traveling eastbound on Hart until the vehicle left the roadway and struck a residence.”

No one at the residence was harmed, and McDonald said a passenger in Bailey’s vehicle sustained minor injuries and was treated at the scene. Bailey, however, fled on foot, prompting a search of the area by OPD officers and Covington County Sheriff’s Office deputies.

The search proved to be a moot point as Bailey turned himself in at the Opp Police Department shortly thereafter.

Currently, Bailey is being held in the Covington County Jail under a $262,000 bond.