Man accused of chasing, blocking juveniles in Dorchester County
DORCHESTER COUNTY, S.C. (WCSC) - A Ladson man is being accused by deputies of taking things too far after seeing a car speeding down a suburban Dorchester County road.
The Dorchester County Sheriff’s Office says that Dwayne Alan Thompson, 31, followed the vehicle on March 28 and then blocked it on Professor Drive, a dead-end street in the Eagle Run community. The car had teenagers inside.
Thompson surrendered on Tuesday to face two charges of breach of peace/aggravated in nature, according to the agency.
In a series of text messages, Thompson said in part that he was being a “concerned citizen” and “only followed them to get a license plate.” Thompson added that he “had no intention of engaging them until [they] almost hit the kids riding their bike and hoverboard.”
Home surveillance video from the neighborhood on the day of the incident shows two cars driving down Professor Drive. A bicyclist can then be seen moving to the center of the street while someone on a hoverboard is visible traveling along the side of the road.
A third car, which matches the one that Thompson is said to have been driving, subsequently emerges and an unknown individual can be heard screaming. This third vehicle then turns to the left and stalls in the middle of the street.
The mother of one of the juveniles inside the vehicle that was reportedly being pursued stated that the boys noticed that they were being followed into their neighborhood and did not know who was behind them. As a result, she explained that they did not want to turn down the street where they live and instead pulled down Professor Drive, another cul-de-sac nearby.
She noted that she was told by her son that Thompson used his car to block the way that the boys could exit the block. She says that she told the teenagers over the phone to leave the car and get away from the scene as soon as possible.
She added that when deputies from DCSO responded to Professor Drive, they issued the boys a warning for improper parking and Thompson was permitted to leave the block.
A $5,000 cash surety bond for both counts was set for Thompson after his arrest on Tuesday, according to DCSO.
“They are glad that the sheriff’s department has taken it seriously and they have had the opportunity to participate in the investigation,” said attorney John Hilliard who is representing the families of the teenagers. “They want to continue again to cooperate with the sheriff’s office.”
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