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Deputies nab fugitive in creek

Posted: May 26, 2015 4:36 p.m.
Updated: May 27, 2015 1:00 a.m.
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Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office deputies Bryan Byrd (left) and Michael Ross pose with Freddie Kenneth Davis, 36, whom they arrested Saturday after a chase into Little Pine Tree Creek in Camden, which included bloodhounds. Byrd and Ross initially spotted Davis, wanted for parole violations by the S.C. Department of Probation, Parole and Pardons, in a nearby laundromat on East DeKalb Street.

The physical fitness and tenacity of two Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO) deputies is being credited in the arrest Saturday of a Camden man wanted by the S.C. Department of Probation, Parole and Pardons (SCDPPP).

According to a KCSO press release, deputies spotted Freddie Kenneth Davis, 36, at approximately 1:15 p.m. at an East DeKalb Street laundromat after receiving information Davis had been staying at an east Camden residence.

After being seen at the laundromat, Davis fled on foot into Little Pine Tree Creek, where deputies Bryan Byrd and Michael Ross lost sight of him. Byrd and Ross called in the KCSO bloodhound team, and soon found Davis hiding in the creek. Byrd and Ross, who were already wet and muddy from the chase, went into the creek and made the arrest.

“It is no secret that I place a high priority on physical fitness and the fitness of these deputies as well as their tenacity paid off,” Sheriff Jim Matthews said. “Davis is a career criminal with numerous arrests and now is off the streets of Kershaw County thanks to a well-coordinated effort by all the officers involved. I am proud of these guys.”

According to the KCSO, Davis has been previously arrested in Georgia, Florida and Richland County for numerous charges of assault, probation violations, burglary, theft, DUI, negligently allowing a fire to spread, disorderly conduct, narcotics violations, driving under suspension, criminal damage to property, criminal trespass, giving false information to law enforcement, willful obstruction of law enforcement officers, obstruction/hindrance of emergency medical technicians, fleeing/attempting to elude a police officer, escape, family violence, forgery and parole violations.

He is currently being detained in the Kershaw County Detention Center with a hold placed on him by SCDPPP).

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