South Congaree, SC (Paul Kirby) – Dylan Asbill, 27, led multiple police departments on a chase Thursday on what officers believe was a stolen motorcycle. The whole affair finally came to a stop when Asbill wrecked the bike on the property of the Columbia Metropolitan Airport.
Sgt. Stone of the South Congaree Police Department attempted to stop Asbill in the town after he saw him make a moving violation. When Stone activated his warning devices, instead of pulling over, Asbill fled.
Asbill never got over about 75 miles-per-hour,according to South Congaree Police Chief Josh Shumpert. He fled down Church Street, eventually worked his way over to Ramblin Road, and cut across to Edmund Highway by travelling up Princeton Road. At this point, several other officers from various departments were beginning to try and assist in Asbill’s apprehension. The man on the motorcycle made it all the way to SC Hwy. 6 and Fish Hatchery Road at the traffic circle where he went around the entire loop and headed right back toward South Congaree!
By this time, officers in cruisers from other departments had joined in the low-speed pursuit as Asbill led the parade right back through South Congaree. He eventually turned onto John Hardee Expressway entering the airport. Finally, Asbill came to realize that he wasn’t going to outrun the officers and tried to take the pursuit off-road by crossing a ditch. Here, he lost control of the bike and fell off according to Chief Shumpert. The multiple officers that were chasing him quickly apprehended and arrested him.
Chief Shumpert said that Asbill was charged with having a suspended driver’s license, Operating an Uninsured Vehicle, and Failure to Stop for Blue Lights. He may also be charged with possession of a stolen motorcycle if the officers can identify its origin given the fact that the VIN number didn’t match the plates, wasn’t registered to Asbill, but didn’t come back as stolen when they ran the VIN through NCIC. Asbill was already on supervised release from Probation, Parole, and Pardon so he might be violated by them and return to prison.
Asbill was booked into the Lexington County Detention Center where he will make an appearance in front of a judge who will set bond.
Chief Shumpert said he would like to thank the officers from Pine Ridge, Pelion, Springdale, and Lexington County for their assistance in Asbill’s apprehension.