Officers, K9 Partner Track Down Fleeing Suspect

3:10 PM, Feb 4, 2013   |    comments
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Lydell Willliams

Kershaw County, SC (WLTX) - Kershaw County Deputies have arrested a man they say tried to flee from an officer during a traffic stop early Sunday morning.

According to deputies, a traffic officer attempted to pull over 32-year old Lydell Williams of Camden for drunk driving. Officers say Williams sped off in his car and a chase ensued.

Deputies say that the officer chased Williams to Tickle Hill Road when Williams stopped his car, got out of his vehicle and attempted to flee on foot.

With the help of his K9 partner and another officer, the deputy was able track down Williams.

According to investigators, during the chase, Williams tried to throw away a bag of marijuana. The drug was retrieved.

Officials say Williams was transported to Kershaw Health Hospital where he was treated for dog bites.

Sheriff Jim Matthews released the following statement, "When these officers make a traffic stop they never know how it will go. Our deputy effectively used his K9 to apprehend an extremely drunk motorist with a history of drug violations. Theirs was a professional, controlled response to a fleeing and combative suspect. I am proud of their actions."

Williams is being charged with the following:

  • DUI
  • DUS
  • Resisting Arrest
  • Failure to Stop for Blue Light
  • Possession with Intent to Distribute Marijuana

According to deputies, Williams has numerous arrests for alcohol and narcotics violations, shoplifting, trespassing, public disorderly conduct, forgery, resisting arrest, assault and battery and unlawful carrying of a weapon.

Williams is currently being detained at the Kershaw County Detention Center and awaiting a bond hearing.


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