FLOWOOD, Miss. (WJTV) – A man was arrested after a person died in a car crash that happened in Flowood on Sunday, August 14.

Officials with the Pearl Police Department (PPD) said officers tried to stop a 2009 silver Infinity around 6:30 p.m. near the intersection of Bierdeman Road and U.S. Highway 80. They said the car took off a high rate of speed. Flowood police joined the chase when it entered into Flowood city limits.

Officials said the Infinity pulled into a parking lot behind the Academy Sports store on Flowood Drive. A Pearl officer pointed a gun at the driver and ordered him to get out of the car. The driver pulled out of the parking lot and got back on to Flowood Drive.

Officials said the driver then hit a motorcyclist at the intersection of Old Fannin Road and Flowood Drive. The motorcyclist, Steven Pearson, of Vicksburg, was seriously injured. He died at Merit Health Hospital in Flowood.

“I mean, it’s one of those things, you know, no officers want to chase. None of the officers want to chase. I think it’s important that the public understands that in this case, the chase was over. The car was stopped behind the Academy Sports store, so he had another chance to turn the car off and give himself up. He made the decision then to continue to try to run with all kinds of police around him and ran up and into the intersection there at Old Fannin and Flowood Drive. So, it’s one of those things it could have been over,” said Greg Flynn, public information officer for the City of Pearl.

Officers identified the driver of the Infinity as Ryan Irwin, 29, of Brandon. He was charged with felony fleeing resulting in death. Officials said he was driving with a suspended license, no insurance and has felony convictions at state and federal levels.

He’s being held without bond at the Rankin County Jail.