2 arrested after car hits Hancock Co. deputy

BAY ST. LOUIS, Miss. (AP) -- A Tennessee man faces felony charges in Hancock County after authorities say he hit a deputy with his car Saturday night.

Sheriff Ricky Adam says 36-year-old Jason Cook of Chattanooga, Tenn., is charged with aggravated assault on a police officer, leaving the scene of an accident, public drunkenness, resisting arrest, and disorderly conduct.

Adam says Deputy Lavern Lott was patrolling the Mississippi Welcome Center around 8 p.m. Saturday when he spotted a woman who appeared intoxicated get into a car with two men.

He says the deputy pulled up to the car and asked the trio to step out of the car. That's when the driver threw the car into reverse, hit the gas, and struck Lott.

Deputies later arrested Cook and the woman. A third person was being sought.

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