Tennessee pair arrested after chase

BAKERSVILLE – Deputies from the Mitchell County Sheriff’s Office have arrested a man and woman from Tennessee on numerous felony charges following a chase.

Captain R.V. Wiseman advised Friday, June 1, around 3 p.m., the 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 the occupants of the vehicle, later identified as Joey Dale Clipse, who was driving, and Amanda Nicole Sigler are 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.

Wiseman advised Mitchell County Sheriff’s Office Lt. J.A. Biddix to go to the state line on Hughes Gap Road in the Buladean Community and on to remain on standby.

Biddix had only been there a few minutes when the black Nissan Altima appeared. 

Biddix then started following the vehicle to give other units time to get in position.

The black Nissan Altima then started traveling at a high rate of speed. Biddix began pursuing the vehicle on Hughes Gap Road going toward NC 226.

Mitchell County Sheriff Donald 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 pursuing.

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

North Carolina State Trooper Tim Dillinger deployed stop sticks at Loafer’s Glory. The Nissan dodged the stop sticks and attempted to hit Dillinger.

The Nissan turned 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 Wiseman fearing for the lives of officers and the public, he forced the Altima off the road.

The vehicle stopped at the edge of the creek. 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.

Clipse is with 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 is being held on a $225,000 secured bond and is scheduled to appear in court June 25.

Sigler is charged with two counts of assault with a deadly weapon on law enforcement officers, possession of methamphetamine and possession with intent to sell and deliver a schedule II narcotic. She is being held on a $150,000 secured bond and is scheduled to appear in court June 25.

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

Clipse and Sigler have pending warrants in Avery County for drug charges.

The MItchell News

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