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Law Enforcement Report - March 14, 2012

Man arrested for reckless driving may face CDV charge

Posted: March 13, 2012 3:58 p.m.
Updated: March 14, 2012 5:00 a.m.

A 31-year-old county man arrested by Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO) deputies for reckless driving may face a charge of criminal domestic violence of a high and aggravated nature.

According to separate incident reports, deputies responded to a Cassatt home to speak with a 29-year-old woman who said her live-in boyfriend kicked her in the stomach, causing her to fall and break her wrist. The woman received medical treatment, and a cast was applied to her left arm. She said her boyfriend threatened to kill her in the past.

Deputies learned the suspect might be driving a red and gray Dodge Ram truck and went to an Elgin residence. A truck fitting that description arrived but then backed down the road and traveled through the neighborhood in a reckless manner. Deputies pursued the truck, losing sight of it on Pine Street, but tracked it to a grocery store parking lot. Deputies located the driver walking back toward the home.

The man admitted to driving in reverse and speeding through Elgin, but claimed he was not trying to evade law enforcement. Deputies arrested the man for reckless driving and transported him to jail.

The KCSO reported the following other incidents during the period of March 5-11:

Deputies are looking for a 28-year-old Bennettsville man they say evaded a safety license checkpoint at Hasty and McRae roads in east Camden just before 11 p.m. Saturday. Deputies said they saw the man approach, stop in the middle of Hasty Road, cut his headlights off, pull in a driveway and then back out. A deputy tried to make a traffic stop, activating his blue lights, but the man continued north on Hasty Road with no lights on. He then reportedly increased speed and started traveling recklessly, turning right onto Brown Road at a high rate of speed. The man turned left on Franklin Street and then right on Queen Street, all at a high rate of speed with no headlamps or taillights on. The chase ended at a dead end on Queen Street, followed by a foot chase. A deputy lost the suspect as he ran toward Brown Street. Highway Patrol and Camden police units assisted in searching the area to no avail.

Deputies charged a 32-year-old Great Falls man for resisting arrest after they responded to a Waters Road, Bethune, home where he was trying to drive away drunk. A deputy found the man sitting in a 2011 Ford Ranger with a juvenile trying to stop him from driving. After determining the man was “grossly intoxicated,” the deputy went to arrest him. The man tried to crank the engine and drive off several times, forcing the deputy to deploy his Taser, but to no effect. The deputy finally pulled the man out of the truck, took him to the ground and, with another deputy’s assistance, got him handcuffed. The man resisted getting into a patrol car and tried to kick the reporting deputy. The deputy placed the man on the ground a second time, restraining him so EMS workers could remove the Taser’s prongs from the man’s side.

Deputies arrested a 42-year-old man after receiving reports of a child who had been beaten at a home outside Camden. Deputies spoke with the boy and when he said his father had “whipped him,” the man started charging toward the child. A struggle took place between the suspect, another family member and a deputy. The deputy ended up deploying his Taser twice to subdue the man. The man continued to threaten all of his relatives after being detained. Deputies took him to jail and charged him with breach of peace and resisting arrest.

Deputies arrested a 56-year-old Mississippi man who allegedly assaulted his 40-year-old Lugoff girlfriend at her residence and threatened her with a .357 caliber handgun. The man was charged with criminal domestic violence of a high and aggravated nature.

Deputies arrested a 38-year-old Lugoff woman for criminal domestic violence of a high and aggravated nature after she admitted to stabbing her 40-year-old boyfriend during an argument at a U.S. 1 South inn.

EMS transported a 26-year-old Camden woman to the hospital to be treated for injuries she suffered after allegedly being dragged by a van her ex-boyfriend was driving.

A 58-year-old woman said her 72-year-old boyfriend accused her of stealing money and struck her on the arm, back and head with his walking cane. The man agreed they had argued about money, but claimed she scratched him in the face and he “tapped” her with his cane.

A pregnant Camden woman said her brother jumped on her for no reason. She said he choked her to the point of not being able to breathe. She said she went outside only to have him attack her a second time, throwing her to the ground and choking her again. Deputies arrested him at a later time.

A traffic stop of a Chevrolet Malibu on West DeKalb Street in Camden revealed a 28-year-old male passenger to be in possession of a .25 caliber automatic handgun. A check revealed he is a convicted felon for drugs, and the deputy arrested him for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Deputies responded to the 300 block of Cook Road, Lugoff, to a call of shots fired. A man living in the area said he saw two men run through his front yard. A check of the 200 block of Cook Road where neighbors believed the shots came from turned up nothing.

A 32-year-old Lugoff man reported a girl he’d met in Columbia the previous night was gone the next morning -- along with his 2002 Chevrolet 1500 truck. The reporting deputy noted that just before receiving the stolen vehicle call, he was dispatched to a wreck involving the truck on I-20 westbound at the 85 mile marker. The deputy wrote the truck had been driven by a woman who had been trapped inside the wreckage.

Someone broke into an Ashley Creek Drive, Elgin, home through the back door and stole $2,600 from a bank envelope in a bedroom desk drawer. The burglar also apparently stuffed towels inside the kitchen and bathroom sinks and turned on the water, causing the home to flood. A deputy reported finding about an inch of water on the kitchen, living room and bedroom floors.

A Camden woman claimed her adult daughter suddenly threatened to get a knife and kill her. The victim went to stand in front of the drawer of knives. She said her daughter then struck her in the head with a stainless steel paper towel holder.

The KCSO is looking into allegations that a 22-year-old Cassatt man engaged in sexual relations last year with a 14-year-old girl who now has a 10-week-old child.

County deputies also assisted other agencies, served bench warrants and dealt with 13 larceny; 12 simple assault; eight public disorderly conduct; seven vandalism; five burglary; four identify theft/impersonation and simple possession of marijuana; three death, harassing or obscene phone call and swindle; two forgery; and one breach of peace, criminal domestic violence, disturbing school, DUI, driving under suspension, hit and run, intimidation, malicious injury to property, missing person, motor vehicle theft, narcotics, theft from a building, theft from a coin operated machine and theft from a motor vehicle.

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The Camden Police Department (CPD) arrested a 24-year-old man around 7:50 p.m. Saturday on multiple charges following allegations he assaulted his wife. The KCSO ended up charging the same man in connection with a burglary in east Camden.

All available city units responded to a Laurens Street residence in response to an active domestic dispute where the man allegedly had a knife. The first officer on the scene reported finding two women outside, including the man’s wife. She said her husband was inside and that he had assaulted her. The man then came running out of the back of the residence and through a yard heading toward Broad Street.

The reporting officer located him on Laurens Street and placed him into investigative detention. The woman said her husband left around 9 a.m. Saturday with two of her children and didn’t return until around 10 p.m. She said he returned with stolen goods and was “on drugs.”

The woman said he began hitting, punching and choking her. Several other witnesses at the home said the man made threats toward them, claiming he would “kill each and every one of them” if he went to jail. He allegedly held a pocket knife while making the threats.

In addition to charges of assault, malicious injury to property and communicating threats, officers also charged the man with threatening the lives of public officials. However, the CPD report does not detail what threats he made.

A KCSO report stated that after the CPD arrested the man, they found items stolen from several places in the back of his truck, including items from a Jefferson Davis Highway, east Camden, auto body shop. KCSO investigators believe the man stole several air-powered tools, two welders, a buffer and some hand tools. Deputies reported he allegedly took the girls, ages 9 and 6, to the thefts, and that the girls showed officer everywhere they had been.

The CPD reported the following other incidents during the period of March 5-11:

Officers arrested a 31-year-old Camden man for child endangerment following a DUI stop at Rippondon and York streets. The man reportedly left an east Camden elementary school with his 6-year-old daughter in the car around 2:40 p.m. March 8. During the stop, an officer noted the man’s slurred speech and “droopy and heavy” eyelids. He claimed he had not been drinking or taking medication. However, the man failed several field sobriety tests, and officers arrested the man and took him to jail. A blood alcohol test came back negative. Officers asked the man to provide a urine sample. He refused, reportedly saying, “If I give a urine sample, you will know what I have been taking and charge me with that, too.” At that point, officers suspended his license and charged him with DUI, child endangerment, child restraint violation and no driver’s license.

Officers arrested a 37-year-old woman for giving false information to police and driving under suspension for the third time. An officer stopped the woman on U.S. 521 at Black River Road. When asked her name, she provided one but that person’s picture didn’t match. She also claimed not to know her own birth date. She then allegedly provided a second name, for which there was no information. The officer then remembered that he had picked up the woman’s daughter in conjunction with a county missing person’s case. That revealed the woman’s real name and that she was driving under suspension.

A Hampton Street man reported seeing two men run from behind his shed toward Lee Street. The man said he had been taking out the trash when he saws the men standing at the door to the shed. He said they then ran behind the shed and were last seen running through a vacant lot toward Lee Street.

Officers are investigating the recently fired manager of an apartment complex for allegedly pocketing rental money for her personal use. She is accused of taking more than $1,500 from at least one tenant.

Officers arrested a 24-year-old Sumter woman for breach of trust after she allegedly took money from her assigned cash register at a West DeKalb Street store.

Camden officers also assisted other agencies, served bench warrants and dealt with two theft from a motor vehicle; and one breach of trust, burglary, communicating threats, DUI, forgery, harassment, larceny, malicious injury to property, open container, possession of alcohol by a minor, public disorderly conduct, simple possession of marijuana, third degree (simple) assault, trespass and vandalism.

Incident reports are provided by the Camden Police Department and Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office and are a matter of public record under the S.C. Freedom of Information Act. If the C-I makes a mistake, it will correct it upon verification with the appropriate law enforcement agency. Readers are cautioned that other individuals may have similar or identical names as those contained in incident reports. All subjects are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

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