Nine arrested in sweep
Nine North Augusta residents were arrested in a warrant sweep Aug. 13.
The Aiken County Sheriff’s Office and the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division’s Fusion Center assisted North Augusta Public Safety officers in making the arrests.
• Latoya Chambers, 28, disorderly conduct
• Bridget Sherlock, 30, commitment warrant driving under suspension
• Johnnie Dingler, 57, commitment warrant driving under suspension
• Jorge Garcia, 33, commitment warrants business license requirement and unsightly property
• Angelique Grant, 20, commitment warrant assault and battery third degree
• Sandra Stevens, 44, commitment warrant driving under suspension
• Lanelle Wise, 44, commitment warrant driving under suspension
• Lawrence Hallman, 45, disorderly conduct
• Ladevarian Veal, 28, criminal domestic violence
North Augustan charged
A North Augusta man facing drug and obstruction charges tried to flee from custody Aug. 13, police said.
Officers pulled over a Mitsubishi Galant on Walton Way about noon for defective brake lights and an improperly displayed tag, a police report states. During the stop, a Toyota Camry, which had been following the Galant, pulled over to wait.
While talking with the Camry’s occupants, who were not facing any traffic violations, the officer smelled marijuana, the report states.
Kevin Jamall Walker, 24, who was a passenger in the vehicle, admitted to police that he had marijuana in his possession and a bag containing a little more than a quarter-ounce in his pants pocket, the report said.
After stepping out of the car, Walker pushed one of the officers and then tried to run, the report said. The officer forced Walker to the ground, receiving cuts to the face and knee in the process.
While placing Walker in custody, officers discovered bags of powder and crack cocaine. The total weight was just under an ounce.
Walker was charged with obstruction of a law enforcement officer, possession of cocaine with intent to distribute and possession of marijuana. He also had a hold for the North Augusta Department of Public Safety.
Moped driver sought
Police are seeking a moped driver who failed to stop on Aug. 12.
An officer attempted to stop the moped after he saw it driving around 8:45 p.m. without headlights, according to an incident report. The driver led the officer on a chase for almost a half mile at no more than 30 miles per hour before abandoning the moped.
The driver was last seen running into the woods on Royalette Avenue.
Armed suspect at large
Police continue to search for an armed man who led them on a high- speed chase on Aug. 11.
A report stated the driver failed to stop when the officer initiated a traffic stop for the driver backing down Bradleyville Road around 1:30 a.m.
The driver reached speeds up to 85 miles per hour and disregarded traffic signals during the chase. After officers deployed stop sticks, the driver lost control of the vehicle and crashed in a front yard near Carolina Springs Spur.
Police saw the driver, who was armed, and a passenger run from the vehicle.Officer quickly apprehended the passenger, 19-year-old Sharquez Marcese Wright, of New Ellenton. Police discovered a weapon Wright dropped, but he told officer it was not his and he was only holding. He said he was unaware why the driver, Devontae Green, 20, of New Ellenton, was fleeing.