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Camden Crime Report - July 2, 2019
Couple arrested on drug, other charges

Camden Police Department (CPD) officers arrested a 23-year-old Camden woman and 22-year-old Florence man on various charges after they were reported traveling east on West DeKalb Street on the wrong side of the road around 4:30 a.m. June 1.

An officer spotted the red Toyota Solara at DeKalb and Broad streets where it initially didn’t move after the light turned green, but then rolled forward and stopped twice. Another officer drove up alongside the car and saw that the driver was asleep and slumped over the wheel. The vehicle continued to roll forward until it collided with the curb and a tree in front of Goodale Jewelers.

One of the officers approached the car and asked the driver, who was apparently now awake, to turn off the engine as well as for her license, registration and insurance. The woman and her passenger said they had come from Gadgets in Lugoff, and the driver claimed she was “sleep deprived.” An officer tried to conduct a field sobriety test, but determined it would be unsafe for the woman to do so and arrested her for DUI. The woman initially refused to say what she had taken, but finally admitted to have smoked some marijuana earlier.

Meanwhile, officers found the young man with her to be in possession of both marijuana and what appeared to be Xanax. He was later charged with possession with intent to distribute marijuana and possession with intent to distribute a Schedule IV controlled substance.

The CPD also reported the following recent incidents:

Camden officers and county deputies charged a 49-year-old Lugoff man after he allegedly stole a truck from a Park Circle residence. According to a CPD report, law enforcement found the truck at Hermitage and Pine View streets. Shortly afterward, a detective spotted the suspect walking south on U.S. 1 and an officer stopped the man in the parking lot of a closed-down business off U.S. 1 out in the county. Officers found him in possession of a .22 caliber revolver that had been in the truck. He left a .44 magnum in the truck, but officers could not locate a third gun, a 9mm compact Glock, that also belonged to the victim. According to online county jail records, the man is still being held on $8,000 bond for unlawful carrying of a weapon and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Someone driving a silver-colored Nissan Sentra managed to elude police officers during a chase on June 21. An officer had been monitoring traffic at West DeKalb and Wylie streets when they noticed the driver make an improper turn. The officer pulled out on to West DeKalb Street and turned on their blue lights at Goodale Avenue, and the driver signaled as if they were going to pull over. Instead, they accelerated, reached Chesnut Ferry Road and proceeded into the oncoming lane of traffic the wrong way, and managed to go around the barricades and into the construction site near the bridge being replaced. The driver then drove over a mound of dirt and through the construction site onto Old River Road, getting far enough ahead so that the officer could not keep up.

Officers arrested a 26-year-old Camden man for second-degree domestic violence after allegedly assaulting his live-in girlfriend of only two weeks. He allegedly head-butted her, pushed her and pressed a finger on her temple with enough force to push her head back. He also allegedly took her car keys and phone when she threatened to call police. A friend came over, and the woman said she was able to mouth to the friend to call police for her.

On June 14, someone knocked over two decorative light poles and damaged an electrical box at Kendall Lake Park. City crews planned to reset the poles on June 17, but when they arrived, one of the poles was missing. A witness said the pole was in the lake, but when they and an officer went to check, the pole was not in the water.

Camden officers also dealt with other incidents involving assault, bond violation, breach of trust, communicating threats, counterfeiting, DUI, driving under suspension, larceny, liquor law violation, malicious injury to property, motor vehicle theft, possession of drug paraphernalia, scam, shoplifting, simple possession of marijuana, theft from a building, theft from a motor vehicle, theft of motor vehicle parts or accessories, and trespassing.

(The Camden Police Department provides reports under the S.C. Freedom of Information Act. All suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty.)