Greenwood man faces charges after police say he ran from law enforcement
Thursday, October 03, 2013 12:33 PM
A Greenwood man was arrested late Wednesday night following a short chase.
Tyrone Butler, 40, of 1127 E. Edgefield St., was charged with possession with intent to distribute marijuana, failure to stop for blue light and open liquor in connection with the incident.
Greenwood police spotted a vehicle with two men inside making what appeared to be a drug transaction on Taggart Avenue just after 10:15 p.m. An agent with the county Drug Enforcement Unit spotted the vehicle about one block north near Phoenix Street.
According to a Greenwood police report, the agent attempted to stop the vehicle, which continued driving and fled south and east, speeding through an intersection at Milwee Avenue and Gage Street at one point during the short chase. The agent cut off his pursuit when he saw the driver speeding away, and officers in the area spotted the car come to a stop moments later in the 600 block of Gage Street. The officers saw two men exit the vehicle and begin running, and police apprehended the suspect behind a house on the block.
The suspect told officers the other man in the vehicle told him to run because there were drugs in the car. He advised police the vehicle belonged to him.
Officers searched the car and found a smoking pipe and an open Seagram's gin bottle containing alcohol in the front seat. They also found a black traveling bag in the trunk of the vehicle that contained 29.2 grams of a substance thought to be marijuana.