PONTOTOC COUNTY, Miss. – A former LSU basketball player and NBA player has been charged with assault after leading state troopers on a pursuit in Pontotoc County.
Master Sgt. Ray Hall with the Mississippi Highway Patrol says the incident began sometime near 10:50 p.m. when troopers attempted to stop a 2018 Dodge Ram pickup truck for traveling eastbound on Highway 278 at a high rate of speed.
Quarterman failed to stop and led officers on a pursuit that included Highway 9, Highway 278 and Highway 15, MHP reports.
The crash ended in the yard of Homeowner Annice Simmons and her husband.
“When we looked outside the police car was right outside of our house and had scraped a tree that was right next to our deck so we were shocked,” Simmons said.
The Mississippi Highway Patrol says the pursuit ended near their home when Quarterman intentionally rammed a Pontotoc police officer causing both vehicles to crash.
Both Quarterman and the police officer were taken to a local hospital with minor injuries.
Quarterman was charged with aggravated assault and felony fleeing. His bond was set at $25,000.
MHP confirms Quarterman’s connection to the NBA. Quarterman recently played professional basketball for the Portland Trail Blazers and the Houston Rockets.
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