Fugitive surrenders following 3 hour standoff on Wadmalaw Island

Published: Oct. 4, 2013 at 9:09 PM EDT|Updated: Oct. 4, 2013 at 11:07 PM EDT
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WADMALAW ISLAND, SC (WCSC) - Officials with the Charleston County Sheriff's Office say a 48-year-old fugitive has surrendered to authorities following a more than 3 hour standoff at a home on Wadmalaw Island.

Authorities say Pearce Wilson Settle surrendered after he had barricaded himself at a home on Leadenwah Road Friday afternoon. Settle is wanted on warrants for grand larceny and obtaining goods under false pretenses.

Major Jim Brady with the sheriff's office says Settle surrendered to investigators at 6:30 p.m. after negotiators were able to talk Settle out of a home on Leadenwah Road. Brady says Settle was taken into custody after some resistance.

Authorities say around 2:30 p.m., detectives in the area of Leadenwah Road were attempting to locate Settle, who was wanted on three outstanding warrants.

Shortly thereafter, the sheriff's office says a vehicle driven by Settle was seen in the area.

A report states a deputy attempted to stop the vehicle, but the driver continued to drive at a speed of 10 mph and pulled into the driveway of his home.

Deputies were told that the subject had told family members that if deputies showed up, he was going to harm himself.

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