(photo provide by Kershaw Co.)
(photo by Kershaw Co.)
Kershaw County (WLTX) A man and a woman are in custody after leading Kershaw County deputies on a high speed chase through Kershaw and Lee Counties Tuesday afternoon.
A little after 1:30 p.m. Deputies from Kershaw County stopped a silver Dodge Charger as it was headed eastbound on I-20 near the 101 mile marker.
According to Sheriff Lee Foster, the officer began interviewing the driver, Jametrice Jacobs. The officer then began to interview the passenger, Clinton Harris, who as described by officer was acting in an extremely nervous manner as they were talking.
The deputy began to search Harris, Harris dove into the front seat of the Charger, got behind the wheel, while both officers attempted to subdue him. According to officers, one attempted to use a Taser on Harris, but was unsuccessful in the confined space of the front seat.
Harris drove off, leaving Jacobs standing on the side of the interstate and led officers on a chase into Lee County at speeds in excess of 125 mph according to Foster.
At one point, according to a press release, Harris exited I-20 at the SC 341 exit, crossed over SC 341 and got back onto I-20. Seeing that the road ahead was blocked by Lee County deputies, Harris turned around and for a short time, according to Foster, drove against traffic on I-20 and then drove the wrong way up the exit ramp onto SC341. As he continued fleeing, he rammed a Lee County and Kershaw County patrol car before he was eventually surrounded and taken into custody at a gas station near the exit.
Officers discovered a quantity of 'ecstasy' tablets and a baggie of white powder on Harris and a small quantity of marijuana on Jacobs, according to the Sheriff.
Harris is being held at the Kershaw County Detention center, charged with failure to stop for a blue light, possession of "ecstasy' and possession to distribute methamphetamine. Jacobs is being charged with simple possession of marijuana and possession of 'ecstasy'.
According to authorities additional charges will be filed in a Lee County in connection with Harris intentionally ramming the two patrol cars.
According to Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews, Harris has a lengthy arrest record in North Carolina including arrests for multiple narcotics violations, indecent liberties with a child, probation violations, failure to register as a sex offender, assault on a government official, resisting a public officer, possession of stolen goods, burglary, assault by pointing a gun, possession of a stolen firearm and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
Kershaw County investigators will contact NC authorities to determine if Harris is in violation of his sexual offender status by being in SC.
"We are very relieved that no one was injured during this chase and that we got this man off the street. Why he is on the street in the first place with his criminal record is hard for us and the public to comprehend. This is simply another example of the revolving door of our broken criminal justice system that lets these troublemakers out on the street with little if any time in jail as a deterrent," said Sheriff Matthews.