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Swansea Police Department takes drugs and suspect off the street after fighting and fleeing officers

Swansea, SC (Paul Kirby) - The Swansea Police Department has arrested Michael Paul Dixon following a traffic stop in town Tuesday. Before he could be placed under arrest, Dixon acted out and stacked up some serious charges in the process.

Dixon was driving under suspension Tuesday afternoon when he was stopped. When the Swansea police officer advised him that his car was going to be towed, he became irate and refused to let the law enforcement officer place him in handcuffs and custody. A brief scuffle ensued, and the officer was able to deploy his taser. The taser was not effective against Dixon, and a brief foot pursuit began. Dixon was eventually located not far from where all this started and was arrested.

Once the suspect was under arrest, a tow company was called for the vehicle. An inventory of the vehicle was conducted as is standard procedure. In Dixon’s vehicle, officers found a quantity of methamphetamine and the equipment needed to sell it. The officers also located drug paraphernalia in the vehicle.

Dixon was transported to the Lexington County Detention Center on multiple charges. They include driving under suspension, resisting arrest, failing to obey police commands, possession of drug paraphernalia, taking weapons from officers, and distribution of methamphetamine 3rd offense. He is awaiting a bond hearing.

Swansea’s Police Department posted the details of the arrest on their social media pages late Tuesday. In that post they said they wanted to thank all the agencies who helped with this arrest. Those departments include the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department and the Gaston, Pelion, Springdale, South Congaree Police Departments. An officer with the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources also assisted.

In their post, the leaders of the Swansea Police Department reiterated their policy on this type of behavior. That post read, “It has been stated before, your drugs and your crimes are not welcome in the town of Swansea. Our officers will have zero tolerance for this activity.”

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