Above: A 2019 booking image of Dustin Scott Clem from the Independence County Detention Center.
An arrest warrant has been issued for a previous offender who authorities say was speeding down a county road, nearly hitting an officer of the Independence County Sheriff’s Department.
Court documents say the incident occurred on May 18 when Detective Michael Moody was assisting two other officers on a call on Cleghorn Chapel Road. Hearing a vehicle coming down the road at a high rate of speed, Moody walked to the roadway in an attempt to have the vehicle stop so a conversation could be held about speeding on a county road.
Moody said in the court information that as the vehicle got closer, the driver abruptly accelerated as it was going by, causing Moody to jump off the roadway to avoid being hit by the vehicle.
At that time, Moody said he saw and identified the driver as Dustin Clem. He also noticed a female passenger in the truck. Moody called for other officers to be on the lookout for the GMC Pickup truck driven by Clem.
Deputy Adam McGilton then picked up the chase. The documents say when the pickup turned off Cleghorn Chapel onto State Highway 69 (Harrison Street), the chase reached a speed of near 100 miles per hour. The pickup turned off Harrison and onto Kari Road, coming to a stop in a curve as Clem ran his truck off the roadway. Clem then fled on foot.
Dustin Scott Clem has been charged with two felonies: aggravated assault and fleeing, along with two traffic misdemeanors.
He is also being charged under the Habitual Offender law.
His bond has been set at $25,000.
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