DMV chase leads to accident, arrest

By Bill Colvard -

PILOT MOUNTAIN — A pursuit by Department of Motor Vehicles officers on Tom Hunter Road led to a wreck and an arrest of a Mount Airy man on Tuesday.

“Our officers were involved in pursuit and apprehension of the driver,” John Brockwell, DMV communications director, said about DMV License and Theft Division personnel. “There was an accident but we did not investigate that.”

Apparently, no law enforcement agency investigated the wreck nor had any details of what vehicles might have been involved.

Brockwell declined to give any more information, citing the investigation as ongoing, and referring questions to the Surry County Sheriff’s Office for information about the accident.

“We had officers at the scene. They were dispatched through Highway Patrol,” said Capt. Lloyd Terry, Surry County Sheriff’s Office.

Terry identified the driver who was arrested as James Dean Sawyers, Belton Road, Mount Airy. He was charged with six misdemeanor counts of writing worthless checks from a Surry County warrant dated July 17, one misdemeanor count of resisting a public officer, and one felony count of fleeing/eluding arrest.

But no charges were filed in regard of the wreck.

T. Robertson, a License and Theft agent with the Winston-Salem office, is listed as complainant on the arrest warrant.

Sawyers was confined at Surry County Detention Center with a secured bond of $7,000 and a May 15 court appearance.

“We did not do a traffic accident,” Terry said.

A Highway Patrol spokesperson also said they likewise had no record of an accident report. Pilot Mountain police authorities said the wreck occurred outside the town limits, thus they did not investigate the wreck.

By Bill Colvard

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