Chemical smell from home leads to arrest

  • Tuesday, February 19, 2013

A persistent, unpleasant chemical smell at an apartment on Hickory Lane in Summerville led to the Valentine’s Day arrest of two people on narcotics violations.
According to a Dorchester County Sheriff’s Office incident report, firefighters from Old Fort Fire Department flagged down a deputy in reference to a complaint by a resident of Timberlane apartment complex in Ladson, who complained of a strong chemical smell coming from a neighboring apartment.
Officers went into the woman’s apartment and were able to smell the odor coming through the vent. The woman said she had contacted law enforcement about this in the past, but they were unable to contact anyone at the apartment in question, according to the report.
The officers saw a white female, identified as 31-year-old Heather Lynn Britt of Summerville, leaving the apartment in question and made contact with her, according to the report. They noted a strong chemical odor coming from her and asked her what she had been doing. She told them she had been cleaning the apartment for a friend and showed them a basket of cleaning supplies she was carrying.
The officers told her that due to the smell coming from the apartment, they would be notifying narcotics investigators.
The officers were told to go ahead and conduct a sweep of the apartment; while they were doing this, one of them found a 33-year-old male subject lying on the bathroom floor. The officers told him to show his hands and when he did this, he dropped a pocketknife on the floor. The officer observed severe lacerations on the subject’s wrists, according to the report.
EMS arrived and transported the male subject to an area hospital for observation and treatment.
Britt was arrested on narcotics and drug equipment violations and transported to the Dorchester County Detention Center.

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