A stump and a sturdy pine tree kept an accident Friday, Jan. 13 in Baldwyn from being much worse than it already was.
Police say Solomon Gibbs, of Baldwyn, was driving west on Ripley Road at a high rate of speed, allegedly attempting to elude police, when he lost control of his vehicle. Gibbs crossed a ditch into one homeowner’s yard, struck a mailbox, ripped bushes out of the ground and then hit a stump before careening into a couple of large pine trees in the yard of a neighboring house.
Had the trees not stopped Gibbs’ vehicle, it’s likely it could have continued on and possibly run into S&J Auto Parts. The black Lincoln Navigator came to rest about 20 feet from the house, and was about 70 feet from the store building. The passenger side was heavily damaged in the crash, with the front right tire ripped off the rim and the left front wheel tilted at about a 45-degree angle from the impact.
Police officer Jason Chism had attempted to talk with Gibbs at his home when he allegedly slipped out and jumped in his vehicle to escape. Chism said the quick pursuit turned onto Ripley Road, with speeds quickly escalating to in excess of 70 mph. Chism said he saw that the situation was getting out of control and didn’t want to pursue Gibbs through Ripley Road into the intersection with Hwy. 45 and was about to stop pursuit when Gibbs’ vehicle went out of control.
Gibbs was injured in the crash and transported to North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo.
The accident remains under investigation by the Baldwyn Police Department.
More details can be found in next week’s edition of The Baldwyn News.
Updated 3:11 p.m. 1/13/17 to correct name of the driver and add more background detail.
Updated 9:50 p.m. 1/13/17 to correct details of how the pursuit began.