by The Press and Standard | August 23, 2018 5:00 pm
Last Updated: August 22, 2018 at 11:37 am
A Cottageville man faces multiple charges after he allegedly unsuccessfully attempted to escape two Walterboro police officers during a traffic stop on Aug. 20.
The officers were in the midst of handling the traffic stop at a gas station at Robertson Boulevard and Hampton Street on Aug. 20 at 12:20 a.m. when the driver of a dark-colored Chevrolet Impala pulled into the station and immediately exited the lot. As one of the officers began trailing the car, they reported seeing the motorist failing to stay in his lane and that the vehicle appeared to have an altered tag. The officer attempted to stop the car and the driver pulled onto Smith Street and stopped. When the officer exited his cruiser and began to approach the car, the driver reportedly took off, leading the officer on a high-speed chase. As the fleeing car made its way into the Toya Street area, the car’s motor blew up. The driver exited the car and fled behind a residence, only to be caught by officers.
A computer check on the driver determined that his license had been suspended due to 12 unpaid traffic tickets. A search of the car reportedly found marijuana in the center console and a partially smoked marijuana cigarette in his pocket. The search of the vehicle allegedly found the ignition had been tampered with, the car radio was missing and the vehicle identification number had been covered up. A computer check determined the car had been reported stolen.
The incident led to the arrest of Jeffrey Bellinger, 43, of Cottageville on charges of possession of a stolen vehicle, failure to stop for blue lights, driving while under suspension and simple possession of marijuana.
Teen may face weapon charge
A teenager who attended the abbreviated Colleton County High School football game the evening of Aug. 17 reportedly armed with knives has been turned over to the S.C. Dept. of Juvenile Justice. About 8 p.m., a Colleton County Sheriff’s Office deputy working the home game was told that a male at the game had a knife in his possession.
The deputy confiscated five knives and took him into custody on a charge of having a weapon on school property.