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Omar Thompson

Omar Thompson

An Orangeburg man is accused of choking his pregnant girlfriend and then trying to force a random driver to help him flee police.

Omar Latrell Thompson, 22, of 1363 Crab Apple Lane, is charged with first-degree domestic violence, resisting arrest and carjacking.

Officers also served an outstanding warrant for failure to stop for blue lights.

The mother of Thompson’s two children, who is pregnant with their third, reported at 7:30 p.m. Monday that Thompson choked her until she almost lost consciousness, according to an Orangeburg Department of Public Safety incident report.

After the woman fell to the ground, Thompson allegedly kicked her in the side, his warrant states.

Officers noted that she had contusions, abrasions and swelling on her neck.

The woman said Thompson fled after the incident.

In the meantime, an officer radioed that Thompson was at the intersection of Chestnut Street and Ellis Avenue, according to the heavily redacted report.

Moments later, the same officer radioed that he was chasing Thompson on foot.

Thompson encountered a blue Kia Optima occupied by two women at the Gaz-bah gas station, located at 951 Chestnut Street. The women did not know him.

The Kia’s driver told officers Thompson opened the back door and sat in the seat.

The driver alleges Thompson yelled “Drive! Drive! Drive!”

She yelled, “No! Get out of my car!”

He again demanded she drive, the report said.

At that point, an ODPS officer pulled Thompson out of her vehicle, the report said. The driver and passenger ran from the vehicle.

Officers attempted to place Thompson in handcuffs, but he refused to put his hands behind his back, according to the incident report.

During the struggle with officers, Thompson suffered abrasions, the report said. Officers called for EMS to transport him to the Regional Medical Center before officers took him to the Orangeburg County Detention Center.

Officers also served Thompson with an outstanding warrant for failure to stop for blue lights from a June 2 incident at the BP gas station at 806 John C. Calhoun Drive.

An incident report alleges that Thompson, who had a suspended driver’s license, tried to flee the store in a Ford Explorer after he noticed an ODPS vehicle.

Officers pursued him for two miles in the city of Orangeburg.

He eventually wrecked the vehicle at Ashley Street and Jamison Avenue, the incident report states.

A 2010 Buick Enclave ended up on its side. Officers helped the driver of the Buick while another officer pursued Thompson on foot.

Officers were able to arrest Thompson after he fell on Jamison Street.

A municipal judge set his bond at $175,000 surety on Monday.

The judge also placed a hold on Thompson for the Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office, Bamberg County Sheriff’s Office and the S.C. Department of Pardon, Probation and Parole. Each of the agencies have active warrants for his arrest.

In May 2016, Thompson pleaded guilty to first-offense distribution of cocaine base, possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance near a school, first-offense possession with intent to distribute a scheduled drug and receiving stolen goods valued at $2,000 or less.

Circuit Judge D. Craig Brown sentenced him under the Youthful Offender Act not to exceed six years, suspended to 30 months of probation.

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Contact the writer: mbrown@timesanddemocrat.com or 803-533-5545. Follow on Twitter: @MRBrownTandD.

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