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Crime Report - Sept. 30, 2015

115 mph leads to arrest

Posted: September 29, 2015 5:44 p.m.
Updated: September 30, 2015 1:00 a.m.

Michael Austin Boone

Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO) deputies arrested a Gaston teenager following a lengthy chase after clocking him at 115 mph on I-20 near the Lee County line.

According to a KCSO press release, deputies charged Michael Austin Boone, 18, with failing to stop for blue lights, simple possession of marijuana, possession of Shedule II and IV substances, driving under suspension and speeding.

A deputy attempted to stop Boone after detecting his black Chrysler 200. Boone fled, leaving I-20 at Exit 101, making his way toward Camden and the intersection of S.C. 34 and U.S. 1. There, an unidentified African-American man jumped out of the back seat and fled on foot; he was not apprehended.

Deputies ultimately stopped Boone by boxing him in with their patrol cars on Lakeshore Drive.

Deputies briefly detained Boone’s girlfriend, who was a front seat passenger, and released her from the scene. A search of the vehicle turned up a small amount of marijuana and pharmaceutical drugs. Deputies transported Boone to the Kershaw County Detention where he was later released on bond.

“It makes no sense why anyone would drive down I-20 in Kershaw County at 115 mph knowing they were driving under suspension and had drugs in their car. Then, to add the charges, Boone leads deputies on a lengthy pursuit,” Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews said. “We are glad no one was hurt or killed during the pursuit, or during the time he was driving excessively fast on I-20.”

The KCSO also recently reported the arrest of a Ridgeway man on a weapons charge during a traffic stop following a citizens complaint of a possible drunk driver.

Deputies arrested Raymond Charles Asberry, 26, a passenger in the car after finding a Ruger 9mm pistol in a bag of Asberry’s clothing. Asberry claimed ownership of the gun.

Deputies charged Asberry with unlawful carrying of a pistol. A records check showed Asberry was on federal probation and was not supposed to be in possession of a gun.

Asberry denied ownership of the gun when confronted by federal authorities. An assistant U.S. attorney asked if the KCSO deployed body cameras which might have recorded Asberry claiming ownership of the gun.

Sheriff Matthews said the KCSO turned over body camera footage, resulting in Asberry being returned to federal prison.

Deputies charged the driver of the green Honda Accord, Camisha Porterfield, 26, of Columbia, with simple possession of marijuana.

During the period of Sept. 21-27, county deputies also dealt with 11 marijuana possessions; nine larcenies; eight cases each of DUI and malicious injury to personal property; six cases each of assault and public disorderly conduct; five open containers; four burglaries; three cases each of driving under suspension and harassing or obscene phone calls; two cases each of breaking into and entering automobiles, missing persons, no driver’s license, trespassing and vandalism; and one case each of ATM/credit card fraud, breach of peace, criminal domestic violence, death, incorrigible, stalking, swindle, theft from a motor vehicle and violation of an order of protection.


Camden Police Department (CPD) officers arrested and charged Bennie Marshal Humprhies, 50, of Cassatt, for allegedly choking a 53-year-old male acquaintance in order to steal the other man’s jacket and cellphone.

The incident reportedly took place after 8 p.m. Saturday on the 100 block of East DeKalb Street.

Officers said they observed food strewn around the area where the altercation took place. They found Humphries a short distance away talking to the owner of a business. Officers recovered the victim’s cellphone and jacket from Humphries. They reported he was also carrying an open bottle of vodka.

Officers charged him with strong arm robbery.

The CPD reported the following other incidents between Sept. 23 and 27:

Officers responded to a report of a burglary and fight at a Lee Street residence. A 35-year-old Cassatt man allegedly entered the residence without being invited and began yelling for a man living there. When he saw the man sleeping on a couch, he allegedly began hitting him. The two men reportedly fought in the living room, breaking various items and moving outside where the suspect allegedly threatened to come back and “shoot up the house.”

Officers arrested a 20-year-old Cassatt man for reportedly carrying and drinking from a 12-ounce bottle of beer and then exposing himself to urinate on the bumper of a parked car near the Town Green. Officers charged him with possession of beer by a person under 21, disorderly conduct and indecent exposure.

A man living on Fair Street reported 12 firearms missing from his home, including several shotguns, rifles and pistols. Officers reported there was no notable forced entry.

City officers also dealt with one case each of criminal domestic violence, EBT fraud, gas drive off, trespassing and using a motor vehicle without consent.

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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