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Cayce Police Officers arrest two after car and foot chase

Cayce, SC (Paul Kirby) - On Tuesday afternoon, officers from the Cayce Department of Public Safety responded to the 500 block of Hudson Street after someone reported that a Honda sedan was sitting in the drive of an abandoned home. The caller told the 911 operator that they believed that the two male occupants of the car were smoking illegal narcotics. When the first officer arrived, he got out of his cruiser and approached the car that then began to pull away. The officer knocked on the driver’s window and told the driver to stop but instead, he sped away.

The driver of the car led officers on a pursuit that took them into the Riverland Park neighborhood. Other cruisers joined the chase and eventually, the car circled back onto Hudson Street and turned onto Hudson Circle. At that point, the driver was boxed in and drove into the yard of a home there and both he and the passenger leaped from the car and began to flee on foot. Officers chased the driver across ditches and they crossed several fences, before finally running him down and taking him into custody. A Cayce trainee officer actually chased the other suspect for about a quarter mile before taking him into custody as well.

According to Sgt. Evan Antley, spokesman for the department, Laquan Haskins, a suspect that’s well-known to their department and the driver of the car, was arrested for failure to stop for a blue light 2nd offense, simple possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, and disobeying a police officer. The passenger, Patrick Ben, was also arrested and charged with simple possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, and disobeying a police officer. Both were booked into

the Lexington County Detention Center. Ben has been released on bond and Haskins remains at the detention center until further court proceedings are held.

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