Elgin man caught after manhunt

by | September 27, 2016 11:42 am

An Elgin man wanted for alleged drug trafficking in Charleston and stolen car tags in Richland County is now in custody in Clarendon County after an early morning manhunt Tuesday.
Sheriff Randy Garrett said Steven Lee Townsend, 28, of Silver Spoon Lane in Elgin, attempted to pass alleged counterfeit bills about 7:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Alcolu Exxon station. He then fled in a vehicle after deputies were alerted.
Deputies chased Townsend to the Pinecrest Acres area of Alcolu, where he fled on foot.
“We caught him about 10 a.m.,” Garrett said. “He will be charged in Clarendon for failure to stop for a blue light and siren and attempting to pass counterfeit bills.”
Garrett said his office has also placed holds on Townsend for Charleston and Richland authorities for his alleged infractions in those jurisdictions.
“I’m glad we were able to get him with no one being hurt or injured in this chase,” said Garrett.
He said that Townsend did lie down in a bed of fire ants while trying to evade capture.
“He got eaten up, but it’s nothing serious,” Garrett said.

comments » 3

  1. Comment by Concerned Citizen

    September 27, 2016 at 12:18

    This idiot nearly rear-ended me on 521 during the chase and myself and the surrounding traffic were lucky to avoid any collisions. He also nearly wrecked oncoming traffic when he cut into Pinecrest Acres off of 521. I’m glad the Sherriff’s Department captured him and there were no injuries due to his reckless behavior.

  2. Comment by Jim Aycock

    September 27, 2016 at 16:57

    Great Job –Sheriff Garrett and staff !!!! Feel safer knowing you are on the job–Thanks for all you do so unselfishly for Clarendon County–

  3. Comment by Tim Hinson

    September 27, 2016 at 17:49

    Great job CCSD!


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