A Mississippi Highway Patrol trooper based in Starkville has been charged with misdemeanor domestic violence and malicious mischief following an off-duty incident in Columbus.
Trooper Devodrick Sims, assigned to Mississippi Highway Patrol Troop G, was arrested by the Columbus Police Department Monday following a Nov. 11 incident at the Lehmberg Cove Apartments in Columbus.
Court documents provided by the city of Columbus show that the 33-year-old Sims grabbed a woman by the arm and pushed her into a car door, striking her head. The documents also state that Sims destroyed the windshield of the victim’s 2014 Chevrolet Spark by striking it with his fist. The damage to the vehicle is estimated to be worth less than $1,000. No charges were filed at the date and time of the incident.
MHP spokesman Captain Johnny Poulos confirmed Sims was currently on paid administrative leave, but did not comment further. He listed the incident as a personnel matter.
Sims was booked in the Lowndes County Jail Monday and released later in the day on his own recognizance.
As is required for law enforcement officers, a probable cause hearing was held Nov. 14 to determine whether the incident was in any way related to him acting in his official capacity.
However, Circuit Court Judge Lee Coleman conducted the hearing and said since the incident did not take place while Sims was on duty, there was no jurisdiction to consider probable cause.
Sims is scheduled to appear in Columbus Municipal Court.