Suspect Flees in Car, Then on Foot

Laurens City Police responded at 16 minutes after midnight this morning on a report of a suspicious vehicle coming into the city on Chestnut Street. Lt. Brewer spotted the burgundy Oldsmobile SUV on Church Street. He activated blue lights on Spring Street and the vehicle stopped on Spring, near Constitution Street. As Lt. Brewer approached from the driver’s side he noticed a rear passenger holding a .22 rifle in his hands. Brewer pulled his weapon and ordered the passenger to release the rifle, then took the rifle from the passenger’s lap. That passenger got out of the car with the officer. When Lt. Brewer asked the driver for his license the driver allegedly drove off, headed north on Spring Street then turned left onto Independence Avenue, leaving the one passenger behind. The driver then jumped from the vehicle and ran across a field towards Constitution. Lt. Brewer stayed with the car and the two remaining passengers. As the driver fled on foot, he reportedly ran out of his sandals and also dropped a clear plastic bag. The substance in the bag was tested positive as methamphetamine. Officers reportedly believe the driver had possession of the rifle when the traffic stop was initiated. Warrants are to be sought to charge the driver, a 22-year-old Laurens area man, with Felon in Possession of a Firearm, Failure to Stop for a Blue Light, Driving under Suspension and Possession of Methamphetamine. Police were looking to locate and arrest the driver.