by Jonathan McNamara
LOUISBURG — A high-speed pursuit landed a 25-year-old man with a history of felonious drug and robbery convictions dating back to 2003, in jail, again.
Jamal Lamont Sims, 25, 2741 Rosinburg Road, Zebulon, was arrested by Franklin County Deputy B. Strickland, Aug. 12, after being dispatched to Jeffery’s Grocery on N.C. 39 South by Captain E. Smith to locate Sims in a purple Buick Regal because he had two outstanding warrants, according to police reports.
Strickland observed Sims leaving Jeffery’s Grocery in the Buick and proceeded to follow Sims.
Sims began to slow down to approximately 35 miles per hour in a posted 55-mph-zone. Strickland initiated a traffic stop by activating his blue lights and siren in front of Bunn Middle School, Strickland states in his report.
At this point, Sims accelerated the Buick. Strickland pursued Sims into the Bunn town limits on N.C. 39 South. Sims continued in an extreme, reckless manner without regards to the safety of other motorists, according to police reports.
Strickland states he observed Sims pass several vehicles on a double yellow line, at speeds in excess of 75 mph in a 35-mph-zone. Sims continued in a reckless manner passing transfer trucks to the left of the center line traveling head-on into oncoming traffic in excess of 90 mph, Strickland states.
Continuing south on N.C. 39, Sims turned right onto Old U.S. 64, failing to stop at a stop sign. At that point, the Buick began to smoke, billowing out from the engine. Sims slowed to 50 mph.
Strickland writes, he passed Sims to inform oncoming traffic of the impending danger.
Sims attempted to pass Strickland and swerved, trying to run the deputy off the road, twice. During these two attempts the Buick was traveling within inches of the deputy’s cruiser. Sims then pulled the Buick off the road and down a dirt path running parallel with the road. After driving approximately 100 yards, Sims collided into two trees, got out and ran.
Sims ran into the woods, with Detective Gunter and Strickland in pursuit. As Sims ran out of the wooded area he fell and was apprehended. After searching Sims, deputies found a large quantity of cash which was placed into evidence. Cocaine and marijuana were found inside the Buick.
Sims was charged with felony fleeing to elude arrest with a motor vehicle, assault with a deadly weapon on a government official, possession with the intent to sell or deliver cocaine, possession of cocaine, maintaining a vehicle or dwelling for controlled substances, simple drug possession, possession of drug paraphernalia, driving while license revoked and reckless driving to endanger the public. Sims was being held on a $25,000 secured at the Franklin County jail.
While confined to the Franklin County jail, Sims was charged on a warrant in reference to a home invasion that took place June 17. According to police reports, Sims allegedly entered the residence on Furney Pearce Road, Zebulon, and held the homeowner and his girlfriend at gunpoint with a second gunman.
Sims and the other gunman demanded money and guns, and robbing them of cash and credit cards. At that time, a K-9 Deputy attempted to track down Sims and the other man, but the trail went cold after approximately 100 yards.
Sims was charged with felony conspiring to robbery with a dangerous weapon. As a result his bond was raised to $100,000.
Sims is no stranger to the law. According to public records, Sims has been convicted of 10 felonies that pertain to drugs, robbery, weapon violations and larceny. Sims also has several misdemeanor assault and drug convictions as well.
All convictions began when Sims was 15 in 2003. His most current conviction in 2009 was for felony breaking and entering, larceny over $1,000 and obtaining property by false pretenses. He served 14 months in prison, according to the N.C. Department of Corrections.