South Congaree police officers arrest suspect, seize drugs after short car chase
South Congaree, SC (Paul Kirby) – A man that was spotted in South Congaree leaving a house where the occupants are believed to be distributing drugs, was arrested Wednesday morning after a short car chase. Sergeant Eddie Stone said that he was patrolling in the town and doing field training with Officer Ebony Ivey who was enjoying her first day on the job. Stone saw a car pulling away from the home and turn onto Main Street. He pulled in behind the car near Colonial Drive and noticed that the sticker on the car’s license tag didn’t appear to be properly attached. It was also obviously expired. When he activated his warning lights and siren to pull the car over, the driver initiated a pursuit, never making any attempt to stop.
Sgt. Stone said he and Officer Ebony, who was riding in the passenger seat of the cruiser, gave chase. The driver didn’t appear to be in any hurry to get away because during the entire chase, Stone said the vehicle’s speed never exceeded 60 or 65 miles-per-hour. At each turn and intersection, the courteous but fleeing driver used his turn signals as if he were just out for a Sunday drive; he acted as if he didn’t notice the police car with multiple lights flashing and its siren blaring behind him. Eventually, the driver turned onto Platt Spring Road heading toward South Lake Drive.
Officers from the Springdale and Pine Ridge Police Departments rushed to assist Stone. Eventually the driver turned into a yard in the Red Bank area near the Village Store and stopped. There he got out of his car, laid down on the ground and surrendered. Just before hitting the ground, he tossed a bag away as if he thought it were invisible and throwing it would somehow distance him from it. Stone and the other officers took the man into custody and immediately retrieved the bag. In it was what they believe is Methamphetamine. They also located items in the vehicle associated with distributing drugs.
South Congaree Police Chief Josh Shumpert said that Billy Joe Davis, a white male from Gaston, was arrested after the pursuit. He has since been charged with Failure to Stop for Blue Lights, the improper tags which were from another car, Driving under Suspension, and Possession with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamines. He was also wanted on warrants issued by the SC Department of Probation, Parole, and Pardon. He has been booked into the Lexington County Detention Center where he is awaiting a bond hearing.
Chief Shumpert praised the officers from the Springdale Police Department, the Pine Ridge Police Department, and the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department for their cooperation during the pursuit and arrest. Shumpert said that without the interagency assistance of the other departments, policing the streets of the town would be much more difficult and dangerous for his officers.