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by Ashley Rohde | October 7, 2015 3:45 pm
Multiple charges filed after chase
A Smoaks man is facing multiple charges in connection with a high-speed police chase that started in Walterboro Tuesday morning and ended in Dorchester County.
The incident began Tuesday at 9:31 a.m. on Bells Highway when city police officers reportedly watched a 1999 Cadillac bearing a paper license plate tag go through a traffic light at Bells Highway and North Jefferies Boulevard.
Officers caught up with the vehicle after it turned onto Paul Street and turned on their siren and blue lights to pull the driver over. He sped up instead, turning left onto Wichman Street and pushing his speed to 70 miles per hour as he pulled onto Padgett Loop.
The chase proceeded onto Warren Street, Francis Street, Haynes Street and back onto Wichman Street and then back to Paul Street.
As the fleeing motorist pulled back on Jefferies Boulevard, he struck a vehicle, causing minor damage. The driver continued north on Jefferies Boulevard and left the city limits at speeds approaching 100 miles per hour. City police turned over the chase to a South Carolina Transport Officer, who was shortly joined by members of the Colleton County Sheriff’s Office.
The chase continued north into Canady’s Crossroads and then into Dorchester County. Three miles beyond the Colleton-Dorchester line, the chase ended when the driver gave up his bid for freedom. The driver was immediately taken into custody. A search of the vehicle reportedly discovered a .40 caliber handgun. A computer check stated the weapon had been reported stolen in Summerville.
The incident resulted in the arrest of Whitfield Jenkins, 20, of Smoaks, on charges of failure to stop for blue lights, possession of a stolen pistol, leaving the scene of an accident, no South Carolina drivers license and disregarding a traffic control device.
Police investigate shots-fired call
On Oct. 2 about 3:43 p.m., officers from the Walterboro Police Department responded to 404 Witsell Street, Lincoln Apartments, in reference to a shots-fired call. Upon arrival, officers met with a female who stated she exited her apartment and heard several males being loud. The complainant said she then heard a gunshot and all of the males ran off in various directions.
Investigators responded to the scene where witnesses were uncooperative. The scene was processed; however, investigators have limited information on the incident.
after police chase
Two Walterboro men were taken into custody early Tuesday morning following a police chase.
The incident began Tuesday at 2:18 a.m. when a Walterboro Police Department officer on patrol spotted a vehicle traveling without lights in the 1200 block of Sniders Highway.
When the officer turned on his blue lights, the driver took off, leading the police on a chase that ended on Campground Road.
After pulling in between two mobile homes, the suspects jumped out of the vehicle and attempted to run.
When officers searched the vehicle, they reportedly found two firearms in the trunk near a panel that provided access to the trunk from the vehicle’s rear seat.
The incident led to the arrest of Alphonso Miller, 24, of Walterboro, and Raquan Ford, 18, of Walterboro, on charges of failure to stop for blue lights and possession of stolen property.
Rifles taken from pickup trucks
The members of the Colleton County Sheriff’s Office handled two calls reporting stolen weapons.
Monday at 8:09 a.m. a deputy was dispatched to Cane Street in Walterboro where a man’s truck had been broken into. The man said someone smashed the passenger-side window on his pickup truck and removed a $2,000 rifle, a $1,200 scope, a $350 handgun and his wallet.
On Oct. 2 at 7:37 a.m., a deputy was called to Jefferies Highway. The owner of that pickup told the deputy that someone had broken into his vehicle during the night and taken a $1,600 rifle, a $600 laptop and an $800 iPad tablet.
Mother discovers strange phone app
A Yemassee woman discovered a disturbing app on her cell phone on Sept. 29.
Deputies responded to Colleton Medical Center where the mother had taken her 14-year-old daughter who was threatening to harm herself.
The mother said she had loaned her daughter her cell phone. When the phone was returned, she discovered a strange app called “Ki k” where she found inappropriate conversations and photos of her daughter and adult men. When confronted, the daughter said she was depressed and felt like harming herself.
The hospital assisted the mother in finding appropriate help for her daughter. DSS was also notified.
Drugs found at CCHS
A pill bottle containing a substance believed to be marijuana was recovered at Colleton County High School on Sept. 30. A 17-year-old male student was arrested.
Woman claims she was held hostage
A woman claims she was held hostage for two days at a Lowcountry Highway home by a man who threatened to cut her throat with a knife.
The two have lived together for over two years, she reported, and the suspect had previously been arrested for domestic violence against her.
She escaped by convincing the man to come to town to get a hamburger, and she called the sheriff’s department while at the restaurant.
Man reports car shot
A North Charleston man reported that while trying to repossess a vehicle on Cedar Creek Dr. in Ruffin.
The man said when he turned on Cedar Creek Drive, he heard what sounded like a gunshot, then a “ping” on his truck. When he turned around to look, he saw a man running after his truck with a handgun in his right hand. The man reportedly chased the truck to the end of his driveway.
The truck driver went to the intersection of Sniders Highway and Brick Road where he called the Sheriff’s Office. Deputies were unable to locate the alleged shooter or identify any bullet holes in the truck.