Police Chase of Stolen Car, Three Arrested

Dakota Joe Wyatt

Three men were charged with Possession of a Stolen car following an early morning police chase involving the stolen vehicle Sunday. Laurens Police arrested 21-year-old Dakota Joe Wyatt of 141 Terry Drive, Liberty. He was initially issued tickets from Officer Gault charging him with Driving under Suspension and having an Altered Vehicle Tag at 1:54 Sunday morning on East Main Street. Warrants were also served yesterday further charging him with Possession of a Stolen Vehicle and Failure to Stop for Blue Lights.

The warrants cited an investigation of Officer Gault. They allege that on May 12th Dakota Joe Wyatt was in possession of a stolen 2011 Kia Soul, valued at $3,000, which he was operating on East Main Street and failed to stop when he was signaled by siren and flashing blue lights. He is accused of substantially increasing his speed and making multiple turns throughout the pursuit in order to evade law enforcement.

Cash or surety bonds on the four charges were set totaling $17,879. Dakota Joe Wyatt remained in the Johnson Detention Center this morning.


Robert Wayne Durham




Laurens Police arrested two Easley men who were alleged passengers of the car, as well. Also charged with Possession of a Stolen Vehicle were

27-year-old Robert Wayne Durham of 126 Shangrila Drive and 20-year-old Stanley Austin Galloway of 200 Fieldstone Drive, both Easley addresses. Both Durham and Galloway were also charged with Malicious Damage.




Stanley Austin Galloway



Warrants, again citing the investigation of Officer Gault, allege that Durham and Galloway were in possession of the stolen 2011 Kia Soul Sunday on East Main Street. They’re further accused of causing malicious damage to a Laurens City Police patrol vehicle. They allegedly threw a large metal paint sprayer, a speaker and a book bag out of the moving vehicle as it was being pursued by Laurens City Police officers in the vehicle pursuit that began on East Main Street.


Bonds on the Malicious Damage and Possession of a Stolen Vehicle charges were set totaling $4,000 for both Robert Wayne Durham and Stanley Austin Galloway. They also remained in the Johnson Detention Center this morning.