Traffic stop, chase leads to drug arrest in Walterboro

WALTERBORO, SC (WCSC) - A routine traffic stop turned into a police chase after a Walterboro police officer discovered more than just a brake light that was out on the suspect's Cadillac.

Walterboro police say they pulled over Lamont Ferguson on Saturday night because one of the brake lights was out in his car, and a shock problem that made the car bounce all over the road. During the traffic stop, Ferguson could not provide the officer with a driver's license.

It was at that point that the officer says he saw what appeared to be marijuana in the car, a baggie in the suspects left pocket and a bag filled with money. When the officer asked Ferguson to get of out the car, the suspect turned the car on and sped off, according to the police report.

The responding officer chased after Ferguson, who later jumped from the moving vehicle at approximately 30 mph and fled on foot. The car wrecked into a ditch. The suspect was found after police received a tip that he was seen walking out of the woods near Highway 15. Police followed Ferguson into the woods, where he eventually gave up due to exhaustion.

Ferguson said he ran from police because he did not want to go to jail, the report states. Ferguson was also wanted by police in Charleston. He was arrested for possession of marijuana, failure to stop for blue lights and obstructing a law enforcement officer.

He was taken to the Charleston County Detention Center.

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