Ex-Columbia Police Chief Randy Scott arrested on federal charges in Florence County

Ex-Columbia Police Chief Randy Scott arrested on federal charges in Florence County

FLORENCE COUNTY, S.C. (WIS) - Deputies in Florence have arrested the former chief of the Columbia Police Department on warrants issued by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms.

Randy Scott was located by members of the Florence County Sheriff’s Office after arriving at a motel in Timmonsville in response to a stolen 2019 Dodge Challenger out of Wilkesboro, N.C.

After finding out who was associated with the car and what room they were in, deputies found Scott and a North Carolina woman.

The woman, identified as Aimee Cook, was taken into custody on felony warrants out of Lexington, Wilkesboro, and Alexander County (N.C.).

Scott’s charges have not been released by officials at this time. Scott and Cook are both being held at the Florence County Detention Center pending extradition.

Scott left the police department in April 2013 and then quickly joined the Richland County Sheriff’s Department a month later in May 2013, only to leave in August 2016, resigning because of medical issues. He worked for RCSD from 1994 to 2010 and again in 2013 for three more years until he resigned in 2016.

Scott's departure from both law enforcement agencies has been marred by scandal. After becoming the police chief after interim status in January 2011, Scott cited his struggles with PTSD following the death of a colleague in 2005. Before he resigned as CPD's top cop, he took a leave of absence, citing personal reasons.

A 2016 collision in Elgin that Scott was involved in included a 911 recording from a caller who claimed Scott threw a beer bottle into the woods following the collision. The collision happened in July 2016 - when he was still working for the sheriff’s department - in an unmarked vehicle. Scott resigned three days later.

An accident report at the time stated Scott was not at fault for the collision and alcohol was not a factor.

In 2018, Scott was arrested a couple of times on drugs and firearms charged.

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