Sheriiff’s deputies had no reason to arrest Clint Earl Sims, so he gave them two, according to authorities.
Sims went to the lobby of the Madison County Jail at about 9:30 p.m. Tuesday and told officers he wanted to “turn himself in,” according to a Sheriff’s Department news release.
But a records check by deputies showed Sims wasn’t wanted for any crime.
“The deputies basically said, ‘We don’t have a warrant for you,” said Madison County Sheriff David Woolfork, “and Sims said something to the effect of, ‘You will have in a minute.’”
Sims grabbed a gumball machine from the jail as he left the building, documents state. He then walked over to the Criminal Justice Complex courts division on the jail’s side of the building, at 515 S. Liberty St., and broke the glass out of the front door and a side window, Woolfork said.
Sims is charged with felony vandalism and theft of property. His arraignment had not been scheduled as of Wednesday. Sims was taken to Pathways for an evaluation after the episode, Woolfork said, where Sims was declared, “OK.”
Tuesday’s incident at the jail was not the first time Sims has caused damage to the facility, authorities said. He was charged with burglary and vandalism over $1,000 at the Criminal Justice Complex in August 2007, after authorities said he broke glass in a courtroom door and several windows, according to Jackson Sun archives.
Sims was charged in June 2011 with simple assault and vandalism, Woolfork said.
On March 3, he was charged with kidnapping, which Woolfork said was reduced to false imprisonment. He was released by the courts without serving any time.
Sims was charged on March 22 with criminal trespassing, Woolfork said. He was released the next day on his own recognizance.
Woolfork said he thinks Sims has relatives in Jackson. He did not know if Sims had relatives or friends in jail that he might have wanted to visit.
“I am familiar with them escaping out of jail,” Woolfork said, “but not in.”