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Crime Report - Dec. 26, 2012

High speed chase leads to drug charges

Posted: December 24, 2012 11:37 a.m.
Updated: December 26, 2012 5:00 a.m.


Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO) deputies arrested two men on drug charges following a short high-speed car chase.

According to a KCSO incident report, deputies arrested Justin Michael Sigman, 24, of Eskie Dixon Road, Elgin; and Jordan Bradford Simmons, 23, of Ridgeway Road, Lugoff.

A deputy reported that he was patrolling an area on Wildwood Lane in Lugoff when a 2001 Nissan Pathfinder passed him around 2:40 a.m. Thursday without its headlights on. He activated blue lights, turned around and began pursuit as the Pathfinder turned on his headlights and accelerated. Sigman and Simmons reportedly headed toward Elgin at speeds of up to 112 mph. Early in the chase, the deputy saw one of the two men throw something out a window. The suspects then slowed down and turned right on to Cluster Branch Road and stopped.

The deputy ordered Simmons, who was driving, to turn off the vehicle, and for both of them to put their hands out their windows. When back-up offices arrived, both suspects were asked to exit the vehicle, which they did. One of the deputies went back to the area where the object was thrown out the window. It turned out to be a zip lock baggie with 30 grams of what appeared to be marijuana. Both men denied ownership of the baggie and, therefore, were both arrested for possession with intent to distribute marijuana.

An inventory of the vehicle turned up a .40 caliber pistol and 20-gauge shotgun in the backseat. Both came back clear from a records check and were placed into evidence for safekeeping.

The KCSO reported the following other incidents during the period of Dec. 18-21:

A deputy went to a Lake Road, Ridgeway home in reference to a male subject allegedly pouring gasoline on a porch. Upon arrival, the deputy spoke with a friend of a female victim who said the man was there earlier and had tried to push the victim around. He said he and the suspect then got into an altercation because he was trying to defend the woman. He said he was able to make the suspect leave, but that he came back with two cans of gasoline and a propane tank, and started pouring gas all over the porch. He said once the suspect realized law enforcement was coming, he left. The female victim told the same story to another deputy, but declined to prosecute the suspect. The reporting deputy said the victim and others at the home then became uncooperative and that all the subjects were intoxicated.

A 28-year-old Camden man asked a deputy to meet him at a logging site on the 3500 block of Damascus Road in reference to an assault. He said he’d had a problem with a 57-year-old male co-worker. He said the other man told another co-worker that he had something for the victim. When the suspect showed up, he allegedly walked toward the younger man with a steel pipe and threatened to hit him with it. The victim said that he then pulled a knife out only to have the older man grab it, hit him with the pipe and start choking him. He said the assault continued until a supervisor showed up. The suspect claimed the younger man was the aggressor. Neither man was arrested.

Deputies responded to a home on Cheraw Road, Cassatt, to a domestic situation where a man said he was being attacked by his wife with knife. He said he had barricaded himself in his bedroom and she was trying to get in. When a deputy arrived, both the man and his wife met them at the door and determined they were both highly intoxicated. The man again said his wife attacked him with a knife, but he decided not to prosecute. There were no injuries, and the woman denied having a knife and attacking her husband. They agreed to sleep it off in separate rooms.

A deputy patrolling Providence Road in Cassatt observed a black-colored vehicle approaching from the direction of Porter Road at 96 mph in what is a 55 mph zone. The deputy conducted a traffic stop near the intersection of U.S. 1. The man initially said he lived on Providence Road but his driver’s license had a Bishopville address on it. It turned out his license was suspended. The deputy charged him with driving under suspension, speeding and failing to change his address on his driver’s license.

A Cassatt man returned to his Providence Road home to find a door open to his black 1991 Ford F350. He said a green pairof cable cutters, some high voltage tools and a 3-ton “come along” were missing.

Someone kicked the rear door to a Shivers Green Road, Ridgeway home off its hinges and stole a TV and video game console. It appeared the thief had also tried to pry the door open before kicking it in.

Someone stole a video game console from a Bethune Road, Bethune home.

County deputies also assisted other agencies, served bench warrants and dealt with four public disorderly conduct cases, simple assaults and vandalism cases; three obscene or harassing phone calls; two larcenies, swindling cases and trespassing cases; and one ATM/credit card fraud, bad checks, burglary, contributing to the delinquency of a minor, criminal sexual conduct involving a minor, family court order violation, intimidation, narcotics violation, runaway, simple possession of marijuana and theft from a motor vehicle.


Camden Police Department (CPD) officers arrested a 23-year-old Bishopville woman working at a Springdale Drive department store after management documented her passing merchandise to friends while ringing up lower-priced items for sale. The woman allegedly caused a loss of $2,400, and store managers indicated they also wanted to prosecute the people to whom she passed the merchandise.

The CPD reported the following other incidents during the period of Dec. 19-20:

A Lugoff man said he went to a bank in Camden and learned that his stolen debit card had been used to make $8,000 worth of purchases in Atlanta, Ga.

Someone removed a 30-gallon hot water heater from a Church Street residence.

Someone stole a black .380 caliber handgun from a Haile Street residence.

Camden officers also dealt with one simple assault, malicious injury to personal property, theft from a building and theft from a motor vehicle.

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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