Perry county deputy assaulted, suspect behind bars
PERRY COUNTY, Miss. - A Perry county deputy was assaulted Wednesday night after a routine traffic stop.
Perry County Sheriff Mitch Nobles said Correy Sumrall, 44, of Beaumont is in custody and facing multiple charges.
Nobles said the incident occurred on Progress Road. "It is in the south part of the county, for an expired tag."
He added, "After making the stop, he identified the driver, and identified the passenger." Nobles said, "The passenger actually gave him false information initially."
Authorities said the deputy asked the passenger to step out of the vehicle, and that is when Sumrall took off running and led the deputy on a foot chase.
Nobles said the deputy was punched several times. "He was bit six to seven times, one of them was a severe bite" said Nobles.
"He called for assistance, the other deputy arrived on scene, when he arrived on scene he was able to put the subject in custody" added Nobles.
Deputies found more than $1,000 worth of crystal meth on Sumrall. "After a search they found approximately 15 grams of crystal meth in his possession" said Nobles.
Nobles said, "Also right there in the altercation there was a handgun found in the ditch where we believe it belonged to the suspect."
According to Nobles both the suspect and deputy were transported to Forrest General Hospital.
"The suspect did not have any wounds, but he did consent of blood work to be drawn from him to make sure there was no type of disease."
Authorities said the deputy was treated and released from the hospital and is in stable condition. The part-time deputy will return to work next Wednesday.
Sheriff Nobles said he is glad that the deputy is in stable condition. "We are a small rural county, because of funding we are not able to provide in my opinion enough law enforcement to cover this county."
"The graces of the good Lord that both of them are able to come out with very minor injuries and nobody as really hurt" added Nobles.
Sheriff Nobles thanked Beaumont Police Department for its assistance.
Sumrall was charged with aggravated assault on a law enforcement official, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and possession of a controlled substance with intent.
He was booked in Perry county jail and his initial appearance is on Friday.