A man out on bond for allegedly shooting at a carload of people is now facing weapons and narcotics charges, according to Orangeburg County Sheriff Leroy Ravenell.
“This individual just didn’t have any luck on Thursday,” Ravenell said. “He rides right through a drug suppression effort on the wrong side of the road. Naturally, these deputies had to stop him, but he wouldn’t stop. On a moped.”
Donald Harmon, 32, has now been charged with possession with intent to distribute marijuana, possession with intent to distribute marijuana within a half-mile of a school, possession of a weapon with an obliterated serial number, possession of a weapon by a convicted felon, unlawful carrying of a pistol, resisting arrest and failure to stop for a blue light.
He was also served with a bench warrant connected with his conviction in his absence on a charge of driving under suspension, according to the sheriff’s office.
Bond was set on Harmon during a hearing on Friday at $37,822 for all charges.
Lead investigator Emmanuel McDuffie told the court the Russell Street man has had multiple contacts with law enforcement over the years.
One of those contacts was a 2011 assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature charge. Harmon pleaded guilty and was sentenced to five years in prison and four years of probation.
He was one of several arrested after a bystander was shot and killed after an argument at a gas station over a dog.
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McDuffie said Harmon is currently out on bond for allegedly shooting into a carload of people at that same gas station in 2017.
The court was asked to deny or set a high surety bond on Harmon.
The Orangeburg County Sheriff’s Office says Harmon came to the attention of deputies just before 2 p.m. Thursday when narcotics agents were conducting an operation near Campus Drive in Orangeburg.
The narcotics agents reported seeing a man riding a moped on the wrong side of the road.
When deputies attempted to make a traffic stop, however, the driver continued on with deputies right behind, acco5rding to the sheriff’s office.
After a brief, slow-speed chase, the driver fled on foot after crashing the moped. That foot chase didn’t last long.
Deputies said they found a revolver with an obliterated serial number on the man and recovered a bag he had tossed.
Inside the bag deputies located 126 grams of what appeared to be marijuana, according to the sheriff’s office.