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KCSO helps Richland deputies catch suspect
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A 2003 E-320 Mercedes driven by Richland County narcotics suspect Adrian Addison during a high speed chase into Kershaw County that ended up here, behind an abandoned building on York Street in Camden prior to his arrest by Kershaw and Richland County deputies. The Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office assisted in the chase on Monday afternoon. (KCSO Facebook page)

Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO) deputies assisted the Richland County Sheriff’s Department in apprehending a suspect after a high-speed chase ended up in Kershaw County, ultimately ending in Camden.

According to a KCSO report, Richland County deputies arrested Adrian Kendall Addison, 31, of Saint Andrews Road, Columbia. Around 12:50 p.m. Monday, dispatchers advised that Richland County deputies were pursuing a red Mercedes due to a narcotics violation observed by Richland County narcotics agents.

Dispatchers advised the suspect, later identified as Addison, was traveling east on I-20 approaching and then exiting on to White Pond Road, and quickly making a right turn on to S.C. 12. A Kershaw County deputy traveling westbound on S.C. 12 saw the Mercedes pass him and gave chase eastbound toward Lugoff.

The deputy reported that Addison crossed through the U.S. 601/S.C. 12 intersection at more than 100 mph, disregarding all traffic signs and showing no concern for the safety of other drivers.

The chase soon led on to I-20 eastbound toward Camden, with Addison increasing to more than 130 mph on the emergency shoulder in order to pass other motorists. Traffic congestion caused the deputy and Richland County deputies to lose sight of Addison, but soon learned that he exited at Camden and was now traveling north on U.S. 521.

All the deputies traveled in toward downtown and then learned that someone matching Addison’s description was seen walking around the intersection of York and Mill streets where construction crews are still working on Camden’s official truck route. That led to another deputy being able to locate and detain Addison at a tire shop on Mill Street.

Deputies recovered the 2003 E-320 Mercedes behind an abandoned York Street building. Apparently, Addison had driven through the construction area of the closed-off portion of York Street. As Richland County processed the car and the area in which it was found, one of their K9s located two air-sealed plastic bags containing an estimated 2 pounds of marijuana.

Kershaw County Sheriff Lee Boan said after Addison abandoned his vehicle, he kicked in the rear door to the abandoned building and threw the bags of marijuana inside. Addison also apparently engaged with construction workers, acting as though he was looking for a job.