Female officer breaks leg in foot pursuit

By Tom Joyce - tjoyce@civitasmedia.com
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DOBSON — A female detective with the Surry County Sheriff’s Office was injured during a foot chase that followed a vehicle pursuit in the Lowgap area, according to Sheriff Graham Atkinson.

“Her leg is broken,” Atkinson said Tuesday of Narcotics Detective Dee Simms, who was injured Monday afternoon during a drug-related incident from which one person remained at large Tuesday while another was jailed on felony charges.

Simms, 59, was treated at the scene by the Surry County Emergency Medical Service and then at Northern Hospital of Surry County before being released Monday night.

She and other detectives with the Surry Sheriff’s Office and Mount Airy Police Department narcotics divisions had been working the Lowgap area Monday afternoon in response to citizen complaints about drug activity, according to details released Tuesday.

Around 2:40 p.m., officers saw a 1994 Nissan Altima that was occupied by a male driver and a female passenger. The vehicle was coming from a residence on Old Lowgap Road, where authorities had received complaints about drug activity.

The officers attempted a traffic stop of the vehicle, due to it being driven in a careless and reckless manner. The car also was displaying a fictitious license plate number, and the driver failed to stop for blue lights and siren and turned onto Round Peak Church Road.

The pursuit continued on that road until the vehicle went through a field at Round Peak Church and Bryant roads. While in the field the occupants of the vehicle threw out a bag that later was recovered.

It was found to contain 5.8 grams of methamphetamine, two methamphetamine pipes, 4.2 grams of marijuana, digital scales and several plastic bags — indicating the narcotics were for distribution.

The vehicle went back onto Round Peak Church Road, where the pursuit continued. The driver then turned onto Flippen Road and continued attempting to elude the officers, finally heading into a field off Flippen Road between Wandering Walk Trail and Big Oak Lane and becoming stuck.

Arrest made

After the Nissan came to a stop, both its occupants fled on foot, with Simms among the law enforcement personnel giving chase and approaching a creek.

“She was jumping the creek and fell,” the sheriff said in relaying how the detective suffered the broken left leg, just below the knee.

After a short foot pursuit, another officer caught up to the female suspect, subsequently identified as Brittney Nicole Wall, 26, about the time Simms was falling.

“Dee was still able to handcuff her,” Atkinson said of Wall, despite the detective’s injury.

Wall was charged with felony possession of methamphetamine with the intent to manufacture, sell or deliver; felony possession of marijuana with the intent to manufacture, sell or deliver; resisting a public officer; littering; possession of drug paraphernalia; and possession of marijuana paraphernalia.

She was held in the Surry County Jail under a $50,000 secured bond.

Wall also was found to have outstanding orders for arrest out for her for failing to appear in court on charges of possession of drug paraphernalia, resisting a public officer, expired registration card/tag and expired/no inspection, and an order for arrest for failure to pay child support of $2,230.

The woman was placed under a $2,730 cash bond for that.

Suspect at large

The male driver of the suspect vehicle was not apprehended and has been identified as Melvin Shane Clodfelter, 32, a white male.

Clodfelter is wanted on charges of felony possession of methamphetamine with the intent to manufacture, sell or deliver; felony possession of marijuana with the intent to manufacture, sell or deliver; felony fleeing to elude arrest with a motor vehicle; resisting a public officer; driving while license revoked; displaying a fictitious tag; littering; possession of drug paraphernalia; and possession of marijuana paraphernalia.

Information about Clodfelter has been entered into the National Crime Information Center database, which could enable his arrest in another jurisdiction.

Anyone knowing of his whereabouts is encouraged to call the Surry County Sheriff’s Office at 336-401-8900 or their local law enforcement agency.

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By Tom Joyce

tjoyce@civitasmedia.com

Tom Joyce may be reached at 336-415-4693 or on Twitter @Me_Reporter.

Tom Joyce may be reached at 336-415-4693 or on Twitter @Me_Reporter.