Two arrested on multiple charges | Crime | The Press and Standard
by The Press and Standard | June 22, 2016 5:00 pm
Last Updated: June 22, 2016 at 11:27 am
By GEORGE SALSBERRY
A Walterboro driver and her Islandton passenger face multiple charges in connection with a series of incidents on the morning of June 15.
The driver, Ashlee E. Corter, 31, of 407 Fourth St., Walterboro, was charged with manufacturing methamphetamine by the Colleton County Sheriff’s Office and charged with possession of stolen property and no driver’s license by the Walterboro Police.
The passenger, Samuel Cory Blevins, 39, of 16076 Sniders Highway, Islandton, has been charged by the Colleton County Sheriff’s Office with manufacturing methamphetamine, assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature and petty larceny.
The events that led to their arrests began June 15 at 7:26 a.m. when a sheriff’s deputy was sent to a Clyde Circle, Walterboro, residence to investigate an assault.
The resident said he had heard someone beating on his door. When he opened the door, he said he was confronted by Blevins, a recently fired employee.
The victim said that Blevins allegedly attempted to stab him. He sustained a laceration to the arm in the attack.
As the deputy was responding to that call, radio traffic alerted him to the fact that a Walterboro officer had made a Robertson Boulevard traffic stop on a vehicle that could be the one containing the suspect in the assault.
The deputy went to the victim’s home to get preliminary information before heading to the traffic stop.
After the city officer turned on his blue lights, the driver of the vehicle made a hard turn into the Duke’s Barbeque parking lot at 949 Robertson Blvd. and came to a quick stop.
As the officer was exiting his cruiser, Blevins was reportedly trying to climb out the passenger-side window. Blevins was detained and the city officer ran the license plate while awaiting the arrival of the deputy. He reportedly determined that the license plate on the car belonged on another vehicle and the driver, Corter, did not have a driver’s license.
The city officer spotted what looked to be a working one-pot methamphetamine lab on the rear seat floorboard.
The continuing search of the interior reportedly found a stolen license plate and two saws.
The officer confiscated the license plate, but left the tools in the car because he did not have a theft report for them.
That changed a short time later. After the car was towed, the victim of the attack contacted the sheriff’s office to inform them that he believed Blevins had taken the tools from his truck.
After confirming that the item on the floorboard was a meth lab, it was decided to have the sheriff’s office take over the drug investigation. A call was made to have the meth lab safely reported.
During interviews at the scene, both Blevins and Corter reportedly said they had no idea where the one-pot lab had come from. Then later, Blevins allegedly told the officers to be careful with the plastic container — it had been a while since the pressure inside the container had been bled off.