Alleged truck thief nabbed in strange incident
by The Press and Standard | July 19, 2018 5:00 am
Last Updated: July 18, 2018 at 1:01 pm
A Cottageville man was taken into custody July 14, shortly after he allegedly drove off in another man’s truck.
The victim told the Colleton County Sheriff’s Office that about 9:30 a.m., he was in the 4300 block of Jacksonboro Road in Round O, following his son’s vehicle.
When his son’s vehicle broke down, the man pulled his 2015 silver Chevrolet Silverado, valued at $30,000, to the side of the road, exited and began helping his son get his disabled vehicle pushed to the side of the road.
As they were laboring to get the vehicle off the roadway, the driver of a white Toyota Tundra stopped in the roadway.
They believed the driver was stopping to help them. They were wrong.
The suspect, a man the father and son reportedly recognized, got out of his vehicle, allegedly got into the victim’s pickup truck and drove off.
The victim said he got into the suspect’s Toyota to try and pursue the man fleeing in his pickup truck, but could not keep up.
Cottageville Police spotted the stolen truck with the suspect still behind the steering wheel and attempted to pull him over.
The result was a chase that ended at Pierce and Skipper roads, where the suspect drove off the pavement, causing significant damage to the truck’s front end. The man then allegedly got of the truck and tried to escape on foot, but was captured.
A deputy attempted to interview the suspect, but stopped after beginning to suspect the suspect might be under the influence of something. The deputy’s report said the man was talking nonsense.
The owner of the truck arrived on scene and after checking the interior, reported that a handgun was missing.
A sheriff’s office canine unit was brought to the crash site and began searching the woods, finding the firearm in the woods. It was returned to the owner.
The suspect was taken to Colleton Medical Center to be checked out and then transported to the Colleton County Detention Center.
Ricky Edwards Jr., 37, of Cottageville, was arrested on a charge of larceny of a motor vehicle.