Pair under arrest after fleeing traffic stop in South Congaree Saturday
South Congaree, SC (Paul Kirby) – A man and woman are under arrest after the man fled a traffic stop on foot early Saturday in South Congaree. The woman was immediately taken into custody while Officer Gantt of the Springdale Police Department and his K-9 Batman, along with another Springdale officer who was doing her field training before taking the road herself, hunted the man down.
Sgt. Stone of the South Congaree Police Department was patrolling along Main Street Saturday just before 9:30 a.m. when he noticed a small car that had an obvious equipment violation. He initiated a traffic stop and the car pulled into the paved median of Main Street. Stone approached the car and immediately noticed drug paraphernalia in plain sight inside the passenger compartment. He asked the female driver to step out and when she did, Stone could see what he believed were illegal drugs in a baggie in her purse. He picked up the purse and retrieved the bag that had a crystalline substance in it. While Stone was doing that, the male in the passenger seat jumped out of the car and fled on foot toward Bell Circle and Ramblin Road.
Gantt, the trainee officer from Springdale, and K-9 Batman responded to back up Stone. The sergeant stayed with the car and took the female into custody and secured the drugs. Gannt quickly arrived and set the dog on track. He immediately led the two Springdale officers to the suspect who was hiding in a wooded area between Bell Circle and D.E. Shumpert’s buildings. He was placed under arrest and cuffed there.
Sgt. Stone said that the pair will be charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of Methamphetamine, and other charges related to fleeing from the officers. The suspects were identified by Chief Josh Shumpert as Terrie Nation, 26, and Jamie Osborne, 33. Both were transported to the Lexington County Detention Center for processing.
Stone said he appreciated the help of the Springdale Police Department officers and their K-9. A SC State Trooper also responded and assisted in the search for Osbourne.
Photo: Mark Eberflus