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by The Press and Standard | March 23, 2017 5:00 pm
Last Updated: March 22, 2017 at 12:50 pm
Drug charges follow traffic stop
A North Carolina man was arrested by the Walterboro Police Department on multiple charges following a traffic stop at Jefferies Highway and Ivanhoe Street the morning of March 18.
A city patrolman pulled the driver over after reportedly noticing that the vehicle did not have a license plate and its windows were illegally tinted.
The driver, whom the officer described as slightly confused and disoriented, said that he had been in a wreck and the license plate was not on the vehicle due to damage to the rear bumper. The driver and his two occupants were asked to exit the vehicle, and the officer was reportedly given permission to search the vehicle.
Inside the car, the officer reportedly found two pipes used to smoke drugs, several loose pills identified as oxycodone and Clonazepam, and several packages of heroin.
The search resulted in the arrest of James C. Griggs, 36, of Aberdeen, N.C., on charges of possession of heroin, driving while intoxicated, possession of narcotic equipment and two charges of possession of scheduled narcotics.
Fleeing suspect arrested
A member of the Walterboro Police Department arrested a city man on multiple charges early March 22 after a short foot chase.
An officer on routine patrol March 22, shortly after midnight, saw one man attempting to help another into a wheelchair and stopped to investigate.
He reported that both men were giving off a strong alcoholic odor and saw an open can of beer on the sidewalk beside them.
As the officer was preparing to cite them for public intoxication, he reportedly felt a bulge in one suspect’s pants pocket.
The man then allegedly took off running, but was caught at Hampton Street and South Lucas Street.
Another officer, retracing the fleeing man’s path, reportedly found a stolen .22 caliber pistol lying on the sidewalk on Hampton Street.
The suspect, Sterling P. Clark, 29, of Walterboro was arrested on charges of unlawful carrying of a pistol, public intoxication, possession of stolen property and obstructing a law enforcement officer.
The second man was cited for public intoxication and having an open container of alcohol.
Tires and rims taken
A member of the Colleton County Sheriff’s Office was called to a home on Williams Road in Ruffin March 19 at 7:21 a.m. after the resident found that the tires and rims had been taken from his pickup truck. The man said that when he woke up March 19, he saw his pickup truck up on blocks and his tires and custom tire rims gone.
The man reported the custom rims were worth $5,000 and the tires, $1,500.