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Irmo man arrested after leading South Congaree PD on a chase Thursday night

South Congaree, SC (Paul Kirby) – An Irmo man was taken into custody Thursday night after leading South Congaree Police Department officers and Lexington County Sheriff Deputies, on a pursuit that extended from South Congaree to I-20 at Augusta Road.

South Congaree Police Chief Josh Shumpert said Friday that Major Jonas of the South Congaree department was on routine patrol in the town when he got behind a 2002 Chevrolet Tahoe at Main Street near Ramblin Road that had an equipment violation. When he ran the tag on the vehicle, it came back as registered to another vehicle and not the Tahoe. Major Jonas activated his warning devices, but the driver failed to stop and instead initiated a pursuit west toward Pelion on Edmund Highway. Jonas said that as the vehicle fled, the occupant began to toss objects out the windows of his SUV that the officer thought could be drugs.

The pursuit continued until the fleeing suspect eventually turned onto South Lake Drive (SC 6). County deputies joined in and the entire procession got onto I-20 east at the 55-cloverleaf interchange in Red Bank. Eventually, deputies were able to set up ahead of the chase and deploy tire deflation devices that the fleeing suspect ran over near I-20 and Augusta Road. When the vehicle's tires went flat, he stopped and surrendered without further resisting.

Chief Shumpert said that Joshua Peterson, a 26-year-old black male, was arrested and charged with multiple drug violations, driving under suspension 2nd offense, operating uninsured, failure to stop for blue lights, and several other traffic violations as well. He was booked into the Lexington County Detention Center where he remained Friday evening.

Shumpert said that his department appreciates the assistance of the sheriff's department. The deputies coordinated effort was key to bringing the pursuit to an end.

Joshua Peterson (Photo courtesy of LCDC)

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