A North Carolina sheriff’s department is investigating themselves after a handcuffed and shackled inmate jumped from a moving patrol car onto the highway suffering injuries to her head and face that will require future reconstructive surgery.
“The witnesses said they saw the car door fly open and a woman fly out,” Cheryl Golden, the mother of Yolanda Dillard told the Winston-Salem Journal.
Dillard, 37, is being held at the Forsyth County jail on misdemeanor charges.
Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Brad Stanley said he didn’t know weather or not the doors were locked or if deputies placed Yolanda Dillard in a seatbelt before deputies attempted to transport her to the Forsyth County Jail from Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center after being treated for drinking cleaning fluid on Wednesday.
“We are trying to determine the events that led to this situation.”
“We are saddened that this occurred,” Stanley, who refused to identify the deputies, said.
According to Stanley, between 1:30 and 1:45 p.m. on May 17, a male and female deputy were in the front seats transporting Dillard when she managed to open the rear door with the handle and jump from the moving patrol car.
The deputies called 911 for an ambulance.
Dillard, accompanied by one of the deputies, was taken back to the Wake Forest Baptist hospital to be treated Wednesday through Thursday morning then taken back to the jail.
During her visit, Golden took photographs of her daughter’s injuries then posted them to Dillard’s Facebook page.
The photos show injuries to Dillard’s head, face, nose and chin as well as an apparent injury on her bandaged right leg.
Golden wants a judge to order Forsyth County to return her daughter to Wake Forest Baptist and doesn’t believe medical providers with Correct Care Solutions will provide her daughter with proper medical treatment after Deshawn Lamont Coley, 39, died inside the jail earlier this month.
Coley died in the Forsyth County Jail on May 2 from a medical condition.
“I want somebody to help me get my child out of the Forsyth County jail and into the hospital to get treated for her injuries.”
“She’s bad off. I want justice for Yolanda,” Golden said.
Dillard is being held in lieu of $88,000 bail on charges of misdemeanor larceny and other misdemeanors after she was accused of stealing two outdoor speakers from a local convenient store as well as food and clothing from Walmart in 2014.
The Forsyth County Sheriff’s Professional Standards Division is investing the incident.
You can watch an interview with Golden below.