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by The Press and Standard | October 12, 2017 5:00 pm
Last Updated: October 11, 2017 at 11:41 am
Fleeing driver crashes
An attempt to cite a motorist for speeding turned into a chase, that turned into a crash and then turned into a lot of charges.
A city police officer was on patrol on Robertson Boulevard at North Jefferies Boulevard when he reportedly spotted a driver traveling 70 miles per hour in a 45-mile-per-hour zone Oct. 8 at 2:42 a.m. When the driver spotted the cruiser, his speedometer started climbing. He was up to 80 miles per hour when he ran the red light at Robertson and Wichman, and the officer hit his blue lights and siren. The chase continued until the 8900 block of Round O Road when the fleeing driver lost control of his car. After wrecking, he exited the vehicle and took off running. He was taken into custody a short time later.
Three females, who were occupants of the fleeing vehicle, were taken to Colleton Medical Center for treatment and later released. The driver also went to the medical center for treatment and was then transported to the Colleton County Detention Center.
A search of the vehicle reportedly found two handguns and a bag of marijuana.
The driver, Wayne E. Brown Jr., was arrested by city police on two counts of unlawful carrying of a pistol, failure to stop for a blue lights and reckless driving. He also received a citation for possession of marijuana. Then it was the South Carolina Highway Patrol’s turn, adding charges of driving under suspension and operating an uninsured vehicle.
Passenger arrested on drug charge
A Walterboro officer on patrol at Jefferies Boulevard and Hampton Street the afternoon of Oct. 6 made a traffic stop that led to the arrest of the car’s passenger on a drug charge.
The officer had allegedly pulled over the driver for speeding. When the officer approached the car, he reportedly smelled marijuana and asked the occupants to get out of the vehicle.
The male driver, as the officer prepared to search the vehicle, told him that there were hypodermic needles that belonged to a friend. The metal box containing the needles was confiscated.
A computer search had determined that the female passenger was wanted on an active warrant on a shoplifting charge and she was taken into custody.
The male driver was given a citation and released.
When the woman arrived at the Colleton County Detention Center for incarceration on the shoplifting charge, she was searched.
A bag containing what appeared to be methamphetamine was found hidden in her bra.
Crystal Amanda Woolum was booked on the shoplifting warrant and will be facing an additional charge of possession of methamphetamine.
Check forger hits business
On the afternoon of Oct. 6, Walterboro police were called to The Flower Barn at 840 S. Jefferies Blvd. after employees discovered that their business account had been attacked by a forger.
They told police that while reviewing the company’s bank account, they noticed a large amount of money missing.
Further examination determined the missing money had been removed from the account when someone had forged a check. The check used to remove the money was not one of the company’s business checks.