|The familiar face|
A member of the Leesburg community found an abandoned purse on the side of the roadway near the intersection of Leesburg road and JC Prestage Road. The purse was turned over to a Rankin County Constable who discovered, what appeared to be, methamphetamine inside of the purse. The purse was then brought to the Sheriff’s Office, along with it’s contents.
Narcotic investigators were able to determine the owner of the purse, LEIGH ANN JACKSON. Calls were then made to JACKSON advising where she could pick up the purse.
Investigators then staged the purse back in the same area it was recovered and hid in waiting. Eventually a 2014 blue Dodge Avenger drove past the location of the purse then returned driving past it once again. At that time, deputies attempted to stop JACKSON.
JACKSON then began to flee law enforcement at a high rate of speed. The pursuit took Rankin County law enforcement officers across Highway 43 into Madison County.
Madison County Sheriff’s deputies had already been notified of the pursuit heading into their county. They were waiting just inside of Madison County on Highway 43 for the pursuit. Once in Madison County, Madison County deputies took the lead position in the pursuit. The pursuit continued onto a small county road, Goodloe Road.
A Rankin County deputy ran off of the narrow roadway and colliding with a tree stump, taking him out of the pursuit. He suffered a scratch on his right arm and was able to return to work.
While still being pursued by Madison deputies, JACKSON lost control and wrecked at the intersection of Stump Ridge Road and Highway 51. JACKSON was taken into custody at that location and turned over to Rankin County authorities.
JACKSON was sentenced in Rankin County in December 2015 for trafficking stolen firearms. She was covered on local news and “Bonnie”, part of a “Bonnie and Clyde” duo.
The suspected methamphetamine weighed approximately 1.5 oz. JACKSON will be charged with felony Evading Law Enforcement, Conspiracy to commit a crime, and numerous misdemeanor charges. She may also be facing charges in Madison County.
Jackson will be held without bond pending her initial appearance in Rankin County court before Judge Kent McDaniel.