The Edgefield Police Department was called to the Dollar General on Augusta Road on Sunday, April 24, in response to a fight between two subjects at the business. However, en route to the location, dispatched notified responding law enforcement that one of the suspects had left the scene. A deputy with the Edgefield County Sheriff’s Office observed a vehicle matching the description of the one being driven by the suspect on Augusta Road near Pendarvis Chevrolet. The vehicle turned onto Rabbit Trail at which point the deputy turned on his blue lights in an effort to conduct a traffic stop on the vehicle. However, the vehicle refused to stop and led the deputy on a chase that traversed Rabbit Trail Road, Star Road, Augusta Road, Gary Hill Road, and Bauskett Street. The vehicle finally came to a stop at the suspect’s residence on Bauskett St. At that point, the suspect, carrying a yellow plastic bag, exited the vehicle and ran to the home where he attempted to gain entry into the house as law enforcement pursued him. However, unable to gain entry and with law enforcement closing in on him, the suspect threw the yellow bag to the ground and fled into the woods behind his residence. The responding deputy chased the suspect into the woods where he was apprehended.
Law enforcement recovered the bag the suspect threw to the ground during the chase. In it was found a blue plastic bag inside of which was a large amount of green leafy substance believed to be marijuana and a small clear bag in which was a white power substance believed to be cocaine. Law enforcement then searched the suspect’s vehicle and found a small clear plastic bag containing a green leafy substance believed to be marijuana and a hand rolled cigar containing what appeared to be the same such substance. A narcotic canine also searched the area in which the suspect fled for further contraband but found none.
The suspect in this chase was transported to Edgefield County Hospital for treatment to an injury sustained during the incident at Dollar General. After being cleared by medical personnel, he was transported to the Edgefield County Detention Center where he was placed on custody hold for the following charges: failure to stop for blue lights, Possession With Intent to Distribute Marijuana 3rd, and Possession With Intent to Distribute Cocaine 3rd. Additionally, the EPD charged both this suspect and another with Assault and Battery 3rd for their involvement in the fight at Dollar General.