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Crime Beat

  • Friday, May 17, 2013

Big bang
 
Officers responded to 101 Plume Poppy Ct., in Summer Haven, April 28, to neighbors reporting a man in the front yard discharging a firearm. When they arrived there was no one outside. An officer went to the rear of the property and observed a man trying to climb out a second-story window. However, when the man saw the officer he went back inside and shut out the lights.
Officers made contact with a woman in the residence who said she had heard a gunshot but knew nothing. Police found a spent .45 shell casing in the front yard next to the passenger side of a vehicle. They also observed a black Hi-Point .45 caliber handgun on the passenger seat. When they removed the magazine there was one shell missing.
The man claimed he and his girlfriend had a verbal altercation and that he was intoxicated but had not fired the gun and neither could understand why there would be a spent shell casing in the front yard. The man was arrested for discharging a firearm within town limits.
 
Too many IDs
 
A Dorchester County Sheriff’s Deputy observed a vehicle not using a right turn signal with occupants who were not wearing seat belts. After the vehicle turned off Ladson Road into Wendy’s parking lot the deputy stopped the vehicle and asked for identification. Observing multiple South Carolina ID cards in the driver’s wallet and the fact that the driver was shaking and a back seat passenger moving around a lot the deputy asked the driver to step out of the vehicle. The driver informed the deputy he was driving under a suspension.
When the deputy instructed the driver to place his hands behind his back, the driver resisted. Simultaneously, the man in the back seat got into the front seat and jumped out the driver’s door. The two men ran in opposite directions. The deputy chased the driver and when he refused to obey the deputy’s demand to stop, the deputy deployed his Taser, bringing the driver to the ground.
The deputy was eventually able to handcuff the driver. In the meantime other units responded and began to search for the backseat passenger. A female passenger in the front seat offered multiple names.
A search of the vehicle and the driver uncovered multiple clear bags with white powder substance which tested positive for meth, a loaded handgun and a bottle in a cooler containing chemicals used for a meth lab.
Metro Narcotics was called to dispose of the mobile meth lab.
The driver was charged with driving under suspension, resisting arrest, and warrants for PWID Meth and Unlawful Carrying of a Firearm are pending.

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