Cayce, SC (Paul Kirby) – Cayce public safety officers ended up taking drugs and a handgun off the streets after a driver led them on a pursuit late Saturday night. The chase started in Cayce at Knox Abbott Drive at 9th Street when the officer attempted to stop a Ford Mustang. Instead of pulling over, the suspect driving failed to stop and instead sped up, initiating the pursuit.
The fleeing car crossed the Congaree River into the City of Columbia, looped back into West Columbia, and eventually ended up in Lexington County’s jurisdiction. The Cayce officer stayed right with the speeding car while a supervisor called ahead for assistance from other jurisdictions. The driver eventually lost control and crashed into a building at Riverbend. Two black males then jumped from the crashed car and fled on foot into the wooded area adjacent to the apartments.
After the two men ran, officers with the West Columbia Police Department and Lexington County deputies assisted Cayce in establishing a perimeter around the area. A Cayce K-9 team was deployed, but the men somehow escaped. Assistant Chief Jim Crosland of the Cayce Department of Public Safety said once the chase was over, a search of the car revealed why the suspects didn’t want to stop. Officers recovered a 9mm handgun that was stolen from Tennessee. There were also multiple individually wrapped bags of marijuana, and a substance they believe is MDMA in the car. MDMA is a drug often referred to as Mollies on the street. Mollies are a synthetic, psychoactive drug that is like methamphetamine and the hallucinogen mescaline.
Chief Crosland said that they have leads they are following up. Once the driver is located, he will be charged with Failure to Stop for a Blue Light, Possession with Intent to Distribute Marijuana, and Possession with Intent to Distribute MDMA. One or both of the men will probably be charged with possession of the stolen handgun.
If you have any information regarding this crime, please contact CRIMESTOPPERS at 1-888-CRIME SC. You can also make tips through their website at midlandscrimestoppers.com.