On December 6, 2018, a Clay County Sheriff’s Deputy was patrolling highway 9, just north of Delta when an unidentified vehicle was observed traveling north driving from one lane to the other. When the deputy attempted to initiate a traffic stop to identify the driver, the driver abruptly turned around on the highway and began traveling south.
The driver was stopped at the intersection of Haynes Mountain Road were a verbal altercation directed at the deputy by the driver began. Moments later, the driver sped off traveling down Haynes Mountain Road with the deputy in pursuit. During the pursuit the driver fired shots directed at the pursuing deputy. That chase eventually ended in Randolph County on County Road 313.
The suspect was taken into custody and transported to the Clay County Detention Center. Dustin Hugh McDonald, age 29 of Lineville was charged with Attempted Murder, Attempting to Elude, Criminal Mischief 1st, Carrying a pistol without a permit, possession of a altered firearm, possession of controlled substance(3counts), possession of drug paraphernalia(3counts) and possession of marijuana 2nd. McDonald remains in the Clay County Detention Center with bonds totaling $213,000.00.
Also in a unrelated incident, Clay County Deputies recovered a vehicle on Saturday, December 22, 2018 that had been reported stolen on August 1st, 2018. That vehicle was recovered in a nearby county and additional details will be released at a later date.