BREAKING: Man reported missing from psychiatric hospital

Joey Clipse was arrested in Mitchell County a year ago after high-speed chase
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BAKERSVILLE – A Tennessee man who was arrested in June of 2018 after a high-speed car chase that began in Tennessee and ended in Mitchell County has been reported missing from a psychiatric hospital.

Mitchell County Sheriff Donald Street said Friday he was notified by police in Morganton that Joey Dale Clipse, of Roan Mountain, Tennessee, had been reported missing from Broughton Psychiatric Hospital, where he was being housed after a judge deemed him incompetent to stand trial on two counts of assault with a deadly weapon on law enforcement officers, possession of methamphetamine, possession with intent to sell and deliver a schedule II narcotic, felony fleeing and numerous traffic offenses. He currently has an outstanding warrant in Mitchell County for failure to appear and multiple felony warrants in Carter County. Street said he notified the Carter County Sheriff’s Office about the situation.

Clipse’s arrest in June of 2018 came after the Mitchell County Sheriff’s office received a call from the Carter County Tennessee Sheriff’s Office about a car chase involving a black Nissan Altima on Highway 143 traveling toward the North Carolina state line on Roan Mountain.

Carter County deputies advised that the occupants of the vehicle, identified as Clipse, who was driving, and Amanda Nicole Sigler were wanted for the attempted murder of two Carter County deputies after trying to run over them with the vehicle.

Carter County then advised they lost the vehicle near Cove Creek on Highway 143.

Mitchell County Sheriff’s Office Capt. Rick Wiseman then advised Mitchell County Sheriff’s Office Lt. J.A. Biddix to go to the state line on Hughes Gap Road in Buladean and to remain on standby. Biddix had been there only a few minutes when the black Nissan Altima appeared, and he followed the vehicle to give other units time to get in position. The black Nissan Altima then started traveling at a high rate of speed, and Biddix began pursuing the vehicle on Hughes Gap Road going toward NC 226.

Street and Deputy D.S. Buchanan set up at the intersection of NC 226 and Hughes Gap Road. As the Nissan Altima came to the intersection, Clipse attempted the ram Street’s vehicle in the driver’s door. Street avoided the attempt.

The Nissan Altima continued onto NC 226 traveling south toward Bakersville with Biddix, Buchanan and Street in pursuit.

Mitchell County Sheriff’s Office Det. A.D. Beam attempted to stop the Nissan at Hobson’s Store in Buladean, but the vehicle avoided him and continued toward Bakersville.

North Carolina State Trooper Tim Dillinger deployed stop sticks at Loafer’s Glory, but the Nissan dodged the stop sticks and attempted to hit Dillinger before turning onto Mine Creek Road traveling toward NC 80.

Wiseman was on Mine Creek when a loaded school bus came upon him. Wiseman instructed the school bus driver to get over as far as he could and not move because the Nissan was approaching.

Wiseman let the Nissan get past the school bus and then pulled out in front of the vehicle. The Nissan rammed Wiseman’s car.

The matter in which the vehicle was being operated and the driver attempting to harm law enforcement, and fearing for the lives of officers and the public, Wiseman forced the Altima off the road.

The vehicle stopped at the edge of the creek and Clipse, and Sigler then fled on foot.

Street apprehended Sigler and took her into custody.

Biddix and Beam pursued Clipse, who was telling Biddix he would shoot and kill him. Biddix forced Clipse to run out of the woods behind Mine Creek Baptist Church where Buchanan, Beam, Deputy S.E. Davis, Dillinger and Wiseman met him. Clipse refused to follow commands and, after a brief struggle, was taken into custody.

Approximately 13 grams of methamphetamine was in the car, along with stolen property from Tennessee and $1,297 cash.

Background information for this story was taken from the story "Tennessee pair arrested after chase" (https://www.mitchellnews.com/news/tennessee-pair-arrested-after-chase) that appeared in the Wednesday, June 6, 2018, edition of the Mitchell News-Journal.

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