Round Hill, SC (Paul Kirby) – A vehicle that was being pursued by an Aiken County sheriff’s deputy was finally brought to a stop in Lexington County after deputies here were able to spike its tires, disabling it. Once the vehicle was stopped, it was discovered that the occupants of the car had stolen a number of new power tools from a Home Depot in Augusta, Georgia.
According to a report from the Aiken County Sheriff’s Department, a deputy was running radar on I-20 when he spotted a car travelling very slowly in the fast lane. He pulled the car over, and when he approached it, he noticed a number of new boxes of Dewalt power tools with the security sensors still attached inside the vehicle. He also smelled marijuana coming from the car. The occupants had the Dewalt tools in the back seat and even between the passenger’s feet in the front floorboard of the car. The deputy had the driver come to his car to question her and while she was sitting with him, the man in the front passenger seat slid to the driver’s seat and sped away. The deputy made the woman get out of his car and he began to pursue the fleeing vehicle east on I-20. When they crossed into Lexington County, deputies from the LCSD joined the pursuit. Near mile-marker 47, Lexington County deputies deployed stop-sticks, and the tires on the fleeing car went flat. The suspects stopped in the middle of I-20 and were detained at that point. Another Aiken County deputy found the woman standing beside the interstate and took her into custody.
Eventually, their investigation revealed that they had stolen more than $2000 worth of tools from the Home Depot. One of the suspects lied about his identity, but he was eventually identified and was wanted by the Lancaster County on shoplifting warrants there also.
After it was all sorted out, deputies charged Arielle Porter, Cedric Orland Gause, Adarrius Treymon Sumpter, and Cedric Orando McDaniel with possession of stolen goods valued at more than $2,000. Additionally, Porter was charged with improper lane use and Gause was charged with not having a SC driver license, failure to stop for a blue light, and possession of burglary tools. All have been returned to Aiken County where they were booked into the jail.