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