Charles Ashby

Charles Ashby

Orangeburg Department of Public Safety

An Orangeburg man is accused of carrying his 7-year-old daughter as a passenger in a stolen vehicle when it crashed.

Charles E. Ashby, 54, of 1031 Fairfield Street, has been charged with possession of a stolen vehicle, having an open container of beer and not having a child safety seat for his 7-year-old daughter, who was a passenger.

A judge set Ashby’s bond at $10,000 cash or surety.

Police allege Ashby was driving a 2013 silver Toyota Camry reported stolen out of Lexington County.

At 9:47 p.m. Friday, the Camry collided with a 2009 Ford Fusion at Chestnut Street and St. Matthews Road, according to a police incident report.

The child was not injured and officers released her to family members.

Officers took Ashby to the Regional Medical Center to get checked out before booking him at the Orangeburg County Detention Center.

Orangeburg County EMS transported the Ford Fusion’s two passengers to RMC to get checked out.

If Ashby is convicted, he faces a maximum of five years in prison and a fine.

The value of the vehicle is $8,000.

Orangeburg County Sheriff’s Office

Several electronic devices were reported stolen from a Kilgus Street property in Cope on Saturday afternoon.

The property owner told law enforcement that several household goods were stolen in addition to a Roku smartTV, a 19-inch Vizio television, a 17-inch television, a computer internet router and another portable electronic device.

The value of the stolen items is $1,295.

In other reports:

  • On Sunday afternoon, deputies responded to a call from a Columbia Road resident who reported that someone stole his 6-by-16-foot utility trailer from his yard. It is valued at $3,000.
  • A Shamrock Road resident called deputies to her Neeses home on Sunday to report that someone stole the following items from her shed: a drop cord, laminate wood flooring, an air compressor, a chop saw and a small generator. The items are valued at $980.

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