Man found hiding under clothes following high-speed chase

WALTERBORO, SC (WCSC) - Police say a high-speed chase over the weekend ended when they found a man hiding under a pile of clothes inside a Walterboro home.

Walterboro Police attempted to stop the driver of a 1998 Ford Focus around 9 p.m. Saturday on Tracy Street because the motorist did not have his headlights on.

Police say that the driver, 22-year-old Ladraye Bowman, turned onto Chaplain Street before speeding towards Warren Street.  According to the incident report, Bowman reached speeds of 55 miles per hour – in a 30-mph zone – before stopping his car in the yard of a home on Warren Street.

Officers said they tracked Bowman on foot until he ran into a wooded area alongside the home on Warren Street. After a brief search of the area, police went to the front door of the home and requested permission to search the home, the report states.

During a subsequent search, police said they found the suspect hiding under a pile of clothes in a bedroom of the house.

After checking with the South Carolina DMV, officers discovered that Bowman's license had been revoked for narcotics violation.

Bowman told police he was suffering from a migraine headache that was sustained during the high-speed chase when he banged his head on the steering whell.

Bowman was treated for his injuries and taken to the Colleton County Detention Center.  He is charged with failure to stop for blue lights and driving under suspension. He was also cited for driving without lights and seat belt.

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