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Sheriff’s K-9 tracks and captures suspect who ran from Swansea PD

Swansea, SC (Paul Kirby) – A sheriff’s department K-9 tracked, and then captured a man who ran from a Swansea police officer after he was stopped for driving in the median of a road in the town. The man had to be transported to Lexington Medical Center for treatment after he was bitten by the K-9 during his apprehension. He was then transferred and booked into the detention center.

According to Swansea Police Chief Cliff Hayes, an officer was patrolling Tuesday night when he noted the man was driving in the center of the road, and not in any particular lane. The officer activated his warning lights and the man pulled over near the Valero station on Southbound Road. When the officer began to interact with the man, he noted the smell of marijuana coming from the car. He asked the man to exit the vehicle and at this point he saw the butt of a handgun in the car. As the officer reached for the gun, the man fled on foot into a wooded area behind some of the businesses in the area.

At the request of the Swansea officer, Lexington County Sheriff’s Deputies responded and set one of their K-9s on the man’s track. He eventually was located by the dog, but resisted to the point that the K-9 bit him. This was during the time that he was being taken into custody. A crew from EMS treated him on the scene before he was transported to Lexington ER for treatment of the dog bite.

Chief Hayes says that Jaron Mungin, 18, will be charged with traffic violations. In addition, warrants are being prepared for simple possession for marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, and unlawful carrying of the handgun. Hayes says that he should have a bond hearing sometime on Tuesday afternoon.

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