of Public Safety

A man suspected of driving with a suspended license took officers on a chase down Cannon Bridge Road with speeds reaching 90 mph, according to a police incident report.

Officers say the vehicle came to a stop when it crashed into a house.

A 26-year-old Orangeburg man was charged with failure to stop for a blue light, open container of alcohol and driving under suspension.

The events unfolded at 1:16 a.m. Monday when an officer was traveling on Riverside Drive near Waring Street. An automated license plate reader alerted the officer about the plate on a gray Hyundai Elantra.

Dispatchers confirmed the plate on the vehicle was suspended due to cancellation of insurance.

An officer attempted to initiate a traffic stop on the vehicle, but the driver “maintained its speed and passed multiple locations to pull off the roadway,” the report states.

As the driver approached John C. Calhoun Drive, he increased his speed.

Other officers began responding as it became apparent the driver wasn’t going to stop.

When the driver turned left onto Cannon Bridge Road, he accelerated to approximately 90 mph, the report said.

As the driver continued down Cannon Bridge Road, he entered the wrong lane of traffic and turned left onto Williams Road.

He next turned right and then left onto Hemlock Drive.

Once on Hemlock, the driver turned right off the roadway and collided with a Red Cedar Drive residence, the report states.

Officers say the driver and front seat passenger exited the vehicle and ran.

The driver ran behind a trailer park, crossing a dirt road. He then entered a wooded, swampy area and disappeared.

Other officers searched the vehicle and allegedly found an empty bottle of peach-flavored Paul Masson brandy, an open 16-ounce can of Bud Light and a pack of Newport cigarettes that contained a marijuana blunt.

The S.C. Highway Patrol responded to the scene. As they were finishing up the report, a trooper saw a sedan traveling at the rear of the trailer park and then leave the area.

A trooper caught up with the vehicle and initiated a traffic stop on Kennerly Road.

Officers determined that two of the passengers in the vehicle were the driver and passenger of the wrecked vehicle on Red Cedar Drive.

At that point, officers arrested the 26-year-old Orangeburg man and transported him to the Orangeburg County Detention Center.



Sheriff’s Office

Someone burglarized a North home while the resident was away for a few hours Friday.

Someone shattered a window of the Catalina Boulevard home, entered and stole a 50-inch Sony flatscreen television and a 32-inch Sony flatscreen television.

Deputies recovered forensic evidence from the scene.

The value of the stolen televisions is $1,100.

In other reports:

• Someone stole a white EZ-GO golf cart valued at $4,000 from a Mays Street residence. The theft was reported Saturday.

• A Rivers Street woman called deputies at 8:19 p.m. Friday to report that when she arrived home, she saw 50 young men surrounding her property.

She said the men were along the fence line and throwing rocks into her yard.

Deputies made sure there weren’t any intruders in the woman’s home or her property.

They weren’t able to locate any suspects.

Deputies advised neighbors to call law enforcement if they notice anything suspicious.


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