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Suspect caught vandalizing Patriots Landing

Posted: April 7, 2013 12:33 p.m.
Updated: April 8, 2013 5:00 a.m.

During the afternoon of April 4, two Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office employees drove through the Patriots Landing parking area and observed a young man in his 4 wheel drive pickup truck spinning his tires and destroying the newly planted grass adjacent to the landing.

They contacted the Sheriff’s Office and a deputy proceeded to the boat landing. Upon arriving, the deputy observed 17-year-old Austin Treadaway from Clio, SC standing outside his 4 wheel drive truck stuck in the grassy area leading into the landing with three friends, a young male and two teenage females.

The two KCSO employees had observed Treadaway drive his truck through the grassy area successfully the first time spinning his tires, but on the second pass he got stuck. The responding KCSO deputy approached the vehicle and immediately smelled the odor of marijuana. Treadaway told the deputy that where he was from, he could drive his truck through grassy areas. The deputy informed him that he might be able to do that where he was from, but that he was destroying county property and could not do that here.

No marijuana was found in the vehicle, but one of the occupants stated that Treadaway had smoked it all earlier and showed the deputy where the marijuana had been kept in the truck.

Treadaway was charged with malicious damage to property less than $2,000.00 and reckless driving. He was transported to the Kershaw County Detention Center. The other young people were released without being charged. Kershaw County Public Works officials will determine the cost of repairing the damage. The Sheriff’s Office will ask for restitution to the county for the damage as part of any sentence imposed on Treadaway.

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