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Orangeburg County

Sheriff’s Office

A Cope man reported at 8:24 p.m. Tuesday that another man followed him for 10 miles, even forcing him to drive off the road for a brief moment, according to a sheriff’s office incident report.

The Cope man said he was driving down Shillings Bridge Road when he noticed the other man parked in an empty church parking lot.

He assumed the other man was “doing something suspicious and got close enough to take a photo,” the incident report states.

He sent the picture to the other man’s mother due to his “prior history of being involved in drug activity,” the report states.

About 15 minutes later, he passed the church again and noticed the other man still parked in the same place.

The Cope man kept driving, but alleges that’s when the other man began to follow him.

He said the other man “was driving aggressively and was following extremely close behind him for at least 10 miles,” the incident report states.

He told a deputy that he feared the other man would cause a collision.

At one point, the other man allegedly drove up on his bumper, causing the Cope man’s “vehicle to briefly go off the road,” the report states.

The Cope man told deputies that there has been an ongoing tension between him and the other man.

He then stated that he didn’t want to press charges, but wanted the other man to leave him alone.

A deputy told him about the process for filing for a restraining order and how to obtain a no trespass order.

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Martha Rose Brown covers crime and other topics. The South Carolina native has been a journalist for the past 16 years.

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