A man wanted in Tennessee on federal charges ran from a traffic stop in South Congaree Thursday and remains at-large,

South Congaree Police Chief Josh Shumpert says authorities are looking for Joshua Allen Irwin, 28, who escaped from the back of a police car and was last tracked to the Genesis Road area near Kirk Street.

Irwin was wanted on federal larceny charges.

Shumpert says officers observed a suspicious vehicle pulled over on Oak Street at Rambling Road. Officers approached the car, which was occupied by a male driver and two passengers - one male and one female.

After running the driver's license and tags and realizing that the driver, later identified as Irwin, was wanted and the car was stolen out of Lexington County, police handcuffed Irwin and put him in the rear of their patrol car.

Two other passengers, a man and a woman, were asked to exit the vehicle while they searched it, after seeing several suspicious items. As officers searched the car, police say the female passenger, later identified as 24-year-old Lindsey Ruff, opened the patrol car door. Both Irwin and Ruff fled the scene.

Jessica Ruff

Police say they gave chase and were able to capture Ruff. with K-9 assistance from Lexington County, police say they were able to track Irwin to the Genesis Road area, near Kirk Road.

Ruff is charged with possession of heroin (first offense), aiding and abetting, and resisting arrest.

Irwin, who is still on the loose, will be charged with resisting arrest, possession of a stolen vehicle, possession of herion (first offense) among other charges.

If you see Irwin or have any information on his whereabouts, police ask you to call 9-1-1 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously in any of the following ways:

  • Call 888-CRIME-SC.
  • TEXT “TIPSC” to CRIMES (274637), followed by the tip information.
  • LOG ON to www.midlandscrimestoppers.com, and click on the red “Submit a Tip” tab.

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