Deputy Assaulted During Traffic Stop

Kershaw deputy assaulted during traffic stop

Kershaw, S.C. - A routine traffic stop for speeding on October 4th ended with an assault followed by a chase into Richland County before making an arrest.

Around 5:45pm yesterday, a Kershaw County deputy reportedly clocked Rico Levern Ross at 105mph on I-20 in Kershaw County. As the deputy approached Ross' car after pulling him over, he noted the odor of marijuana. Ross admitted to having drugs in the car, and the deputy asked him to exit the vehicle. While being interviewed about the possibility of drugs, Ross reportedly became nervous and struck the deputy in the forehead, ran to his vehicle and fled towards Richland County.

The deputy, bleeding from the head from the strike, began to pursue Ross, joined by Richland County deputies. The chase ended at a Shell station on Clemson Rd at I-20. Ross fled on foot and headed towards a Bojangle's, but dove and surrendered to deputies without further incident as deputies closed in. 

The Kershaw County officer was treated at the scene by EMS and released, and Ross was transported to the Kershaw County Detention Center where he remains, pending a bond hearing. Ross has previously been arrested for unlawful carrying of a weapon, receiving stolen goods, burglary (second degree), armed robbery with a deadly weapon and criminal domestic violence.


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