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KCSO arrests two after chase on I-20

Posted: June 10, 2012 2:43 p.m.
Updated: June 11, 2012 5:00 a.m.

Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO) deputies arrested a man wanted out of Tennessee and his female companion following a chase on I-20 Friday.

KCSO deputies arrested Billy Earl Bell, 29, who has addresses listed in both Richland and Kershaw counties addresses, after he lead officers on a 10-mile chase on Highway 601 and I-20 in both directions. Deputies also arrested Becky Sullivan, 38, of Elgin, on outstanding transactional fraud warrants.

KCSO investigators received information that Sullivan would be travelling in Kershaw County and was spotted by a Kershaw County uniformed officer near U.S. 1 and U.S. 601 in Lugoff. The officer attempted to stop the vehicle in which Sullivan was the front passenger. Bell, the driver, refused to stop and lead officers on an extended vehicle chase. Deputies soon realized two children were in the back seat of Bell’s white Toyota Scion and attempted to slow the vehicle down and stop it on I-20 as it headed toward Richland County. Bell refused to stop and even crossed over the center median on I-20 and headed eastbound. Additional units eventually forced the Scion off the road and deputies took Bell into custody.

A criminal check indicated that Bell was wanted out of Tennessee on a probation violation for arson. He will be charged in Kershaw County with failure to stop for a blue light, DUS (fourth offense), carrying a pistol unlawfully, and two counts of unlawful conduct towards a child. Kershaw County Clerk of Court online records did not show those charges had been filed as of Sunday afternoon.

The KCSO said Bell has a lengthy criminal record dating back to 2001 with arrests for grand larceny, fraud, narcotics , assault with intent to kill, contributing to the delinquency of a minor, unlawful use of a telephone, financial fraud from an institution (federal arrest) and arson.

Sullivan has no prior record, but was served with seven warrants for transactional fraud.

Both Sullivan and Bell were transported to the Kershaw County Detention Center and are awaiting a bond hearing. The State of Tennessee said they would not extradite Bell for his probation violation.

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