South Congaree, SC (Paul Kirby) – South Congaree Police Officer Eddie Stone chased down a Kawasaki Ninja motorcycle and captured a habitual offender Saturday afternoon, charging him with a laundry list of offenses after the same rider outran a state trooper last week who tried to stop the same bike and rider in the town. Officer Stone was turning out of the Dollar General on Main Street when he spotted the green sport-bike and recognized it and its rider who was wearing his hair in a distinctive Mohawk. He did so from a be-on-the-lookout issued by the SCHP. That BOLO included a picture of the bike and rider taken from the dash-cam footage made by troopers after the bike and rider eluded them last week. When Stone activated his warning devices in an attempt to stop the suspicious bike, the rider bolted, and the chase was on!
The operator of the bike, who had a female rider on the back, sped off in the direction of Cayce with the officer in pursuit. Stone chased the motorcycle into Cayce along Airport Boulevard where he made a left at K-Mart and blasted over toward Platt Springs Road. At that point, the rider turned left back toward the county where officers from Springdale and eventually Lexington County joined the chase. After speeding all the way back to Emmanuel Church Road, the bike turned right, proceeded up to Old Barnwell, turned left and ran all the way out to Shirway with Stone’s unmarked Tahoe hot on his tail. He turned onto Shirway, eventually turned into North Wrennwood, a one-way-in - one-way-out subdivision and ran out of running room there. When he realized his chances of escape were done, he slid to a stop and dropped the bike on his leg, pinning him underneath. The female passenger, an innocent participant according to Officer Stone, was shaken but unhurt. Stone then arrested Travis Harmon of Gaston and has charged him with a variety of charges associated with his behavior and the chase.
According to Officer Stone, the motorcycle was reported stolen out of Columbia in 2014. Harmon was also driving under suspension for the fourth time, failed to stop for Stone’s blue-lights, and was in possession of Methamphetamines when taken into custody. He faces a variety of other traffic charges resulting from the chase. Stone says that he will be charged with all of that as a habitual offender and with being in possession of a stolen vehicle as well. It isn’t clear if he will also face charges from the SCHP resulting from the previous chase. Stone says that Harmon has been booked into the detention center where he will face a bond hearing. The woman who wasn’t anything more than an unsuspecting passenger, hasn’t been charged after her hair-raising ride.