Wickliffe police searching for suspect after recovering rifle, cocaine following chase

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Courtney Thomas Patterson Simmons. Courtesy Wickliffe police.

WICKLIFFE – Wickliffe police are searching for the driver of a Chevrolet Malibu after he took police on a short chase through the city late Wednesday night.

Police say they attempted to stop Courtney Thomas Patterson Simmons for a traffic violation near Empire Road when he fled.

Simmons almost stopped when he was caught in a cul-de-sac, but instead he drove through several yards before driving back onto another street and crashing into a tree.

He ran from the area on foot and officers were unable to find him.

7.62mm rifle. Courtesy Wickliffe police.

7.62mm rifle. Courtesy Wickliffe police.

Once officers searched the car, they found a 7.62mm rifle with a loaded 30-round magazine on the backseat. There was also crack cocaine found in the driver’s door and two cell phones.

He is wanted for a felony probation violation from the Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s Office and a traffic violation from Maple Heights police.

Anyone with information on Simmons’ location is asked to call 911 or the Wickliffe Police at 440-943-1234.