A man who won over a quarter million dollars in a lawsuit against the Orangeburg County Sheriff’s Office after a 2014 police chase is facing charges from a third police chase.
Quinnton Jamar Henderson, 29, of 1335 Country Colony Drive, was arrested after a chase that stretched over three counties on Sept. 27 beginning around 9:37 p.m. He is charged with third-offense driving under suspension, simple possession of marijuana, second-offense operating an uninsured vehicle and second-offense failure to stop for blue lights.
Deputies also issued courtesy summonses of possession of drug paraphernalia and equipment violation.
When deputies placed Henderson in custody, they asked him why he ran from them.
He replied, “I was scared” and “I was scared you was going to kill me,” according to a sheriff’s office incident report.
The report states that a deputy was sitting in his patrol car in the parking lot of the Hindu temple on Five Chop Road in Orangeburg when a white Chevrolet Tahoe appeared to speed past him with the light out on his license plate.
A deputy made a stop on the vehicle at Mollie Street and Middlepen Road, but it didn’t last long.
The deputy asked the driver, later identified as Henderson, to lower his driver’s side window.
He told the deputy that his window wouldn’t lower any further, so the deputy asked him to lower his passenger’s side window, according to the report.
The deputy alleged that a “strong odor of marijuana” came from the interior of the vehicle.
“There was a brief silence and then this deputy observed the vehicle leaving the traffic stop location,” the report states.
After that, the chase was on, going through Orangeburg, Lexington and Calhoun counties.
As Henderson appeared to flee the stop, he drove through yards, turned back onto Middlepen Road and then took a left on Country Colony Road.
Deputies then noticed that he appeared to have turned off all lights on his vehicle as he drove on Country Colony Drive, the report states.
As the vehicle traveled onto Brentwood Drive, the deputy radioed that a pursuit was in progress. Multiple deputies joined the pursuit as the driver approached the intersection of Old Elloree Road and S.C. Highway 33/Russell Street.
The vehicle then traveled down S.C. 33 toward Interstate 26 and turned onto Glenzell Road toward Progressive Lane.
The vehicle then turned onto the following roads: Glenzell Road to Grambling Road, Grambling Road to S.C. 33, S.C. 33 to I-26, I-26 westbound to mile marker 136 (Calhoun County), exit ramp of I-26 to S.C. Highway 6 (Caw Caw Street), S.C. 6 to U.S. 176 (Old State Road), U.S. 176 to the entrance ramp of I-26, entrance ramp of I-26 to I-26 eastbound.
The report goes on to say, “While on I-26, the deputy noticed the driver throwing out unknown items out of the front window. During the vehicle pursuit, the driver would not allow us to get in front of him so he began swerving left and right on the highway.”
The vehicle’s speeds “dropped tremendously” while in Lexington County, the report states.
In Calhoun County, at mile maker 125 on I-26 eastbound, the vehicle was stopped by the OCSO, Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office and S.C. Highway Patrol.
The report states that Henderson didn’t adhere to deputies’ commands initially.
An OCSO deputy and a state trooper drew their weapons and approached the driver’s side of the vehicle, where they saw Henderson show one of his hands.
Once the driver’s door opened, officers removed Henderson from the vehicle. He was “assisted to the ground without force,” the report states.
When officers got Henderson to his feet, he allegedly told them that he ran because he was scared they’d kill him.
Deputies searched the vehicle and found the following items, according to the report: a tobacco grinder with a green leafy substance believed to be marijuana, a digital scale and a clear plastic bag with an unknown white powdery substance.
Deputies transported Henderson without incident to the Orangeburg County Detention Center.
He later appeared before a magistrate who set his bond at $5,215, according to Capt. Tyrone Ryant at the Orangeburg County Detention Center.
It had been one year and five days since his last multicounty chase with law enforcement.
On Sept. 22, 2018, he allegedly led officers with the Holly Hill Police Department on a chase that ended in Clarendon County.
Charges from that incident remain pending. Those charges include: kidnapping, child endangerment, possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine within close proximity to a school, possession of drug paraphernalia, threatening the life of a public official, failure to stop for blue lights, unlawful possession of a firearm by a person convicted of a violent felony, giving false information to law enforcement, possession of marijuana and no possession of a S.C. driver’s license.
Earlier in 2018, the Orangeburg Department of Public Safety charged Henderson with attempted murder, discharging a firearm in the city and pointing and presenting a firearm.
But it was in 2014 that he led deputies on a pursuit that ultimately resulted in his winning $260,000 in a settlement.
According to a civil lawsuit filed by Shane Burroughs, on Henderson’s behalf, then-deputy Lacra Sharod Jenkins used his sheriff’s office patrol vehicle to strike Henderson “in an attempt to apprehend” him.
Orangeburg County’s insurance carrier paid the settlement. Henderson underwent “extensive reconstructive surgery and extended hospital stays,” according to the lawsuit.
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