On 25 April 2017, shortly after 1:30 pm, the Tipton County Sheriff’s Office responded to a 911 call in regards to an unresponsive white male lying in a ditch near the intersection of Hannah Marie Drive and Campground Road. Once deputies and EMS arrived, they quickly assessed the patient and realized the male had overdosed on what was believed to be an opiod narcotic. The male, later identified as Jimmy Wade Stubblefield (27), of 314 McCormick Rd Munford, TN, was revived and transported to Methodist North Hospital for treatment. After being admitted to the Emergency Room, Stubblefield refused any further medical treatment and walked out of the ER. Investigators spoke with Stubblefield who confirmed suspicions of a heroin overdose. During the investigation Sheriff’s Office personnel learned that Stubblefield had been in the vehicle with William Tinsley (32), of 178 W. Hannah Marie Drive Munford, TN, and Leigh Ann Jones (43), of 8540 Cates Drive Millington, TN.
The investigation revealed that the trio had gone to the Frayser area to purchase heroin and began using the narcotic on the way back to Tipton County. During this episode of narcotic use, Stubblefield became unresponsive and stopped breathing. Tinsley and Jones pulled over on Hannah Marie Drive and removed Stubblefield from the vehicle and placed him into the roadside ditch. Tinsley and Jones were later located and arrested.
William Tinsley was arrested for Theft and 2 counts of Failure to Appear, as a result of pre-existing arrest warrants. Tinsley and Jones were later charged with Reckless Endangerment for their actions in the Stubblefield overdose incident. Jimmy W. Stubblefield has since been arrested on unrelated charges for Possession of Schedule II – Parole Violation along with a separate incident of Domestic Assault and Public Intoxication. All three await their General Sessions court date of 19 May 2017.
“To say this incident is disturbing would be a gross understatement” said Sheriff J.T. “Pancho” Chumley. “To value human life less than your own drug addiction is nauseating. Who needs enemies with friends like that?” We will continue to aggressively pursue those who choose to sell and use illegal narcotics.”
This article originally appeared as a press release from Tipton County Sheriff's Office.