FLORENCE COUNTY, S.C. (WBTW) — A man is accused of leading Florence County deputies on a chase with four kids, drugs, and a weapon inside his vehicle, according to the Florence County Sheriff’s Office.
James Shavaunt Johnson, 44, of Dillon, was arrested Wednesday and charged with four counts of child endangerment, failure to stop for blue light, reckless driving, distribution of cocaine base, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, possession of controlled substance with intent to distribute, trafficking in methamphetamine, possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime, and unlawful carrying of a pistol.
Deputies attempted a traffic stop on Dec. 2 for a moving violation when the driver, allegedly Johnson, didn’t stop, according to the sheriff’s office. The chase continued on I-95 and through red-light-controlled intersections.
The chase also went into oncoming traffic and along secondary roads into North Carolina, according to deputies.
When the vehicle was stopped, deputies found a “large quantity” of illegal narcotics, a gun, and four children inside the car, according to the sheriff’s office.
Lecedric Jarvis McDougal, 41, of Dillon, was allegedly a passenger in the vehicle and was charged with weapons and narcotics violations, according to the sheriff’s office.
Both Johnson and McDougal were held in the Florence County Detention Center without bond, deputies said.
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