A South Carolina man was taken into custody on Jan. 3 after leading law enforcement officers on a lengthy car chase. The incident started in Anderson County when the offender, who allegedly possessed drugs, refused to pull over for a minor traffic infraction.
Local media reports indicate that the defendant, a 28-year-old Anderson resident, was driving a 2003 Mitsubishi Eclipse on White Street Extension when deputies from the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office attempted to pull him over for a broken tail light. However, he refused to pull over, increased his speed and kept driving and ran a red light in an attempt to evade police. He then drove through a gas station parking lot, turned left onto Lewis Street and made a right onto South Murray Avenue.
As the defendant drove into downtown Anderson, deputies allege that he drove in the median to pass cars and ran more red lights. Eventually, he tried to drive around stopped cars at the intersection of South Murray Avenue and West Greenville Street and smashed into a 2011 Honda Pilot that was waiting to turn left.
Following the collision, deputies approached the defendant’s vehicle and placed him under arrest. Both he and the female driver of the Honda were then transported to AnMed Health for treatment of their injuries. After he was released, he was taken to the Anderson County Detention Center for processing. He was charged with failure to stop for blue lights, reckless driving and second offense driving under suspension. He was additionally charged with first offense drugs/trafficking meth or cocaine because drugs were allegedly found in his vehicle.
Defendants arrested on drug charges may benefit from the assistance of a defense attorney. A lawyer could review the charges and explain all legal defense options available.