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Man on probation arrested after high speed chase

Posted: October 1, 2018 4:09 p.m.
Updated: October 2, 2018 1:00 a.m.
Provided by the Kershaw County Sheriff's Office/

The wrecked remains of a BMW sedan are evidence of a high speed chase involving suspect Travis Jiles, of Camden, on Thursday afternoon in Lugoff. Deputies charged Jiles with a second offense of possession with intent to distribute marijuana, failing to stop for blue lights, unlawful carrying of a pistol and resisting arrest.

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A Camden man earned another trip to jail after leading law enforcement on a high speed chase that ended when he wrecked the vehicle he was driving Thursday.

According to a Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO) press release, narcotics investigators arrested Travis Zidel Jiles, 20, of McCartha Street, Camden, on Thursday and charged him with possession with intent to distribute marijuana (second offense), failure to stop for a blue light, unlawful carrying of a pistol and resisting arrest following a high speed pursuit.

“Jiles’ idiotic actions nearly caused him to kill an innocent woman who was working in her yard,” Sheriff Jim Matthews said. “Our deputies deal with this kind of reckless and irresponsible behavior on a regular basis by people who lead us on high speed pursuits.”

According to the press release, KCSO narcotics investigators were looking for a particular vehicle whose occupants were suspected of narcotics violations on Thursday afternoon. While looking for that vehicle, investigators observed a different drug transaction taking place at a motel in Lugoff. One of the investigators approached the occupants of a white BMW being operated by Jiles. The investigator observed a bag of marijuana in Jiles’ lap. The deputy instructed Jiles to put the BMW in park and to turn off the ignition. Instead, Jiles drove off, nearly striking two deputies with his car.

The investigators got into their vehicle and pursued Jiles as he fled the area in the BMW. At one point, investigators saw Jiles throw the bag of marijuana out of the vehicle and then later throw out a Taurus .40 caliber handgun. As the deputies pursued Jiles, they also observed Jiles sideswipe an 18-wheeler on U.S. 1 in Lugoff. Jiles continued to flee in the BMW and drove down Highway 34 toward Fairfield County. Shortly thereafter, Jiles lost control of his vehicle and ran off the road, striking a brick column, nearly hitting an elderly woman working in her yard.

After Jiles’ vehicle came to a stop, he fled on foot, but one of the investigators managed to chase him down and fought with him in order to get Jiles into custody.

Deputies were able to locate the marijuana and the handgun. Investigators transported Jiles to the Kershaw County Detention Center where he remains pending a bond hearing.

Jiles is currently on probation on a previous arrest for possession with intent to distribute marijuana. He has previously been arrested for shoplifting, obtaining property under false pretenses and possession with intent to distribute marijuana.

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