MADISON — The man who fled a wreck scene on foot after a high-speed chase while towing a stolen camper on Tuesday was apprehended a day later when someone in a nearby neighborhood recognized him from reports and called police. 

The man, Rodger Williams, 40, of West, was taken into custody without incident around 10:20 a.m. Wednesday in the Geneva Gardens Subdivision near where the wreck was at the intersection of Hoy Road and Old Canton Road.

The arrest came a little more than 24 hours after Williams allegedly fled a routine traffic stop in an unincorporated part of Rankin County.

Around 9:45 a.m. Tuesday, Reservoir Patrol attempted a traffic stop but he failed to adhere and proceeded west across the dam on Spillway Road before turning north on Old Canton Road and heading for Madison.

The suspect lost control when he attempted to turn right on Hoy Road, sending the vehicle and the trailer into a grassy area on the north side of the road.

The suspect then fled on foot.

Police from Madison, Ridgeland and Reservoir PD, as well as sheriff’s deputies from Rankin and Madison assisted in the search, which affected local businesses and neighborhoods.

Nearby Madison Preschool went into lockdown shortly after Madison Police arrived and explained the situation to one of the teachers.

“That was a first for us,” Madison Preschool owner Anshika Singh said. 

Singh said the instructors were able to occupy the kids by singing songs and playing games, and the school served lunch in the hallways during the three-hour lockdown.

Madison Police stationed an officer at the school and several parents showed up to ensure the safety of the children. One of them even brought pizzas for the staff.

Singh said, “They went out of their way to not only protect their children, but also the other kids in our care.”

John Poe, office manager at A Focused Brain — a locally owned pediatric and occupational therapy clinic — said they locked the front door and put a note up telling patients to call the business on the phone so they could come let them in.

“We didn’t want whoever it was to come in on us or our patients,” Powe said. “So we came and let them in, then locked the door right back behind them.”

Madison County Schools clarified Tuesday that they were never on formal lockdown but precautions were taken.

The tip that led police to Williams came from a Geneva Gardens resident who spotted a man who matched the suspect’s description walking down the Geneva Boulevard, just around the corner from the preschool. 

Williams was transported to the Madison Police Department where he was examined before being transported to the Merit Health Center in Canton for possible injuries related to the crash and self-admitted drug use.

Madison Police say he will be charged with felony possession of a controlled substance, which was found in the suspect’s vehicle, and driving with a suspended license.

Charges from other agencies, they say, are pending.