NC deputies injured after DWI suspect drags them with car during getaway attempt, officials say

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Ricky Wallace Simon

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (WGHP) — A man was arrested on Christmas Day and faces more than a dozen charges after dragging two deputies with a car during a chase before he was caught by a K-9 deputy that remained in his car, according to a Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office news release.

Heroin, cocaine and a gun were later found in the car of the suspect who was also charged with possession of a firearm by a felon.

The incident began around 1 a.m Saturday when a deputy conducted a traffic stop on a red Ford Mustang for speeding on U.S. 52 North. During the traffic stop, a K-9 team was called for backup.

When the K-9 team arrived, deputies say the driver, later identified as Ricky Wallace Simon, 28, of Rural Hall, jumped back into the car and tried to drive away.

The K-9 was already in the car with Simon at that point, deputies said.

The K-9 and both deputies attempted to stop the driver. The deputies were dragged by the Mustang before being thrown from the vehicle, officials said.

The K-9 remained in the Mustang until the driver eventually crashed, deputies said. The K-9 then “removed the driver from the vehicle,” and he was taken into custody, the news release said.

The deputy who arrived with the K-9 suffered a broken wrist and head wound. The initial deputy and the K-9 were not seriously injured.

A gun, heroin, cocaine and marijuana were all seized from the Mustang, deputies said.

Simon has been arrested and charged with the following:

  • felony flee to elude
  • felony assault with a deadly weapon on a law enforcement officer to inflict serious injury
  • felony possession of a firearm by felon
  • felony trafficking by transportation of cocaine/heroin
  • felony trafficking by possession cocaine/heroin
  • felony possession with intent to sell or deliver a schedule II controlled substance
  • felony possession with intent to sell or deliver a schedule I controlled substance
  • two felony drug trafficking
  • felony conceal carry a weapon-firearm
  • felony resisting arrest
  • misdemeanor resisting arrest
  • misdemeanor maintaining a vehicle for use, keeping, or selling of a controlled substance
  • misdemeanor driving while impaired
  • misdemeanor injuring a law enforcement agency animal
  • various traffic charges

Simon received a $505,000 secured bond. He is currently in the Forsyth County Law Enforcement Detention Center.

The deputies involved are out of the hospital and with their families for Christmas.

Anyone with information related to criminal activity should contact the FCSO directly on the non-emergency number at (336) 727-2112; anonymously text information, photos, and video via Text-A-Tip at (336) 920-8477; or anonymously call Crimestoppers at (336) 727-2800 for English or (336) 728-3904 for Spanish.

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