By William Moore
For Corinth Today
IUKA – A man faces more than 150 years in prison after he allegedly tried to run over a Tishomingo County deputy early Friday morning.
Samuel Jacob Rice, 32, of 596 County Road 956, Iuka, has been charged with five counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon on a police officer. Each count carries a sentence of up to 30 years. He also faces two counts of kidnapping.
According to Tishomingo County Sheriff John Daugherty, an Alcorn County deputy and a Farmington police officer chased a Jeep Wrangler into Tishomingo County just after midnight on Feb. 2. The Jeep turned off Tishomingo County Road 302 and onto a logging road. The deputy got stuck trying to follow.
Tishomingo County deputies and a game warden arrived at the scene. Shortly after the game warden pulled the Alcorn County patrol car free, the Jeep came off the logging road and hit the game warden’s truck. The Jeep allegedly tried to hit the Farmington officer and drove away. The officers fired several shots at the vehicle as it approached CR 302.
Rice then stopped as commanded. A Tishomingo County deputy approached the Jeep and told Rice to raise his hands. As the deputy reached to open the door, Rice allegedly sped away, hitting the deputy. Officers again fired on the vehicle, which was located a short distance up the road with a wounded female passenger inside. She was airlifted to North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo.
Rice fled the scene on foot and was apprehended around 1 p.m. the same day at the Hilltop Apartments in Burnsville. Authorities say Rice was armed with a 9 mm and held two people against their will at gunpoint, refusing to let them leave or call for help.
Rice is charged with five counts of aggravated assault on an officer. He was also served two outstanding felony warrants for grand larceny and possession of a controlled substance. He was also served a justice court warrant for misdemeanors including resisting arrest and driving with a suspended license.
Rice remains in the Tishomingo County Jail awaiting bond to be set. Daugherty said the investigation is ongoing and additional charges could be filed.
The injured deputy is still undergoing tests, and the sheriff hopes he will be back in service in the near future.