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Lugoff man arrested after chase ends in Wateree River

Posted: January 4, 2018 11:16 a.m.
Updated: January 5, 2018 1:00 a.m.
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Cody Jackson

At about 6:30 p.m. Dec. 29, Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO) deputies arrested Cody Gene Jackson, 26, of Highway 601 South, Lugoff, and charged him with failure to stop for a blue light, habitual traffic offender, driving under suspension (third or subsequent offense) and petit larceny. Deputies also charged Jackson on outstanding warrants for failure to stop for a blue light, driving under suspension, habitual traffic offender and grand larceny.

“Cody Jackson is a one-man crime spree,” Sheriff Jim Matthews said. “No sooner is he released from jail then he immediately begins preying on the citizens of Kershaw and Richland counties. We get warrants for him and every effort to arrest him on those warrants ends up in a pursuit. The only relief the community gets from his actions is when he is in jail. Hopefully, after this episode, he will find himself behind bars for the maximum his charges will allow.”

On the afternoon of Dec. 29, KCSO personnel organized an effort to locate and arrest Jackson who was wanted on the outstanding warrants. On numerous occasions in the past Jackson has always fled in the vehicle he was operating and then on foot. Knowing his propensity to flee, tracking dogs were readied and a S.C. State Law Enforcement Division (SLED) helicopter was positioned at the sheriff’s office.

At about 6:15 p.m., deputies spotted Jackson driving a Ford Probe heading toward U.S. 601 South. Deputies immediately fell in behind Jackson and activated their blue lights and sirens. As expected, Jackson increased speed and fled. Deputies were behind Jackson and the SLED helicopter flew over the pursuit as it crossed U.S. 601 and onto dirt roads. A deputy deployed stop sticks, which flattened three of the four tires on Jackson’s vehicle. At one point, Jackson crashed his vehicle through a metal gate and continued on dirt roads that were on private property.

Deputies remained behind Jackson and were advised by the SLED helicopter crew that the pursuit was approaching the Wateree River. Jackson then drove the car off a steep embankment into the Wateree River. Deputies and K9’s immediately went down to the river where Jackson had gotten out of the vehicle and was in the water. Jackson started screaming that he could not swim and deputies got him out of the water and into custody. Deputies also rescued a female passenger. Both she and Jackson were taken to a local hospital. The female was not charged, but Jackson is in jail.

Jackson is very well known to authorities in Kershaw and Richland counties. Both counties have previously arrested him for breaking into an auto/tanks where fuel is stored, malicious injury to personal property, damaging property to obtain metal, multiple driving under suspension charges, possession of a stolen vehicle, multiple kidnapping offenses, multiple criminal domestic violence offenses, possession of meth/cocaine base, giving false information, receiving stolen goods, failure to stop for a blue light, operating unregistered auto, habitual traffic offender, numerous narcotics violations and malicious injury to real property.

Jackson is currently being detained at the Kershaw County Detention Center on a $94,200 bond. He was already out on bond and a bond revocation hearing is being sought.

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