Two arrested on drug charges after high-speed chase

Two arrested on drug charges after high-speed chase
Carter (Source: Sumter County Sheriff's Office)
Carter (Source: Sumter County Sheriff's Office)

SUMTER COUNTY, SC (WIS) - The Sumter County Sheriff's Office arrested a Wedgefield man and a Columbia woman Thursday on drug charges after an attempted undercover drug sting resulted in a high-speed chase in the Cherryvale area of Sumter County.

Both Quincy Jerrod Carter, Jr., 19, and Kantana Lunisha Thomas, 29, have been charged with possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine, as well as possession of cocaine.  In addition, Carter has also been charged with failure to stop for a blue light.

Thursday afternoon, deputies attempted to conduct a traffic stop on a vehicle believed to be involved in illegal drug activity. Instead of stopping, the suspect led deputies on a high-speed chase that reached speeds in excess of 100 miles per hour before the vehicle finally stopped. Once the vehicle stopped, the driver of the vehicle, later identified as Carter, attempted to run away before being arrested. Thomas, a passenger in the vehicle, was also taken into custody.

During the pursuit, deputies spotted packages being thrown from the vehicle.  Upon retrieving these packages, officers found approximately five grams of crack cocaine, with an estimated street value of $1,000, and approximately 0.5 grams of cocaine, with an estimated street value of $100.

Both Carter and Thomas were transported to the Sumter-Lee Regional Detention Center.

This was not the first time deputies with the Sumter County Sheriff's Office have arrested Carter in recent months. Carter was last arrested by deputies in March and charged in connection with a Cherryvale-area shooting.

According to statements from witnesses to the incident back in March, the suspect approached a group of people socializing outside the home when he ordered the victim, at gunpoint, to empty his pockets and then lay on the ground. Witnesses told officers the suspect began kicking and pistol-whipping the suspect before shooting the victim once and then fleeing the scene.

Carter was charged with attempted murder, armed robbery and possession of weapon during violent crime for his alleged involvement in that incident, and had since been released from jail on a $155,000 bond. Officials with the Sumter County Sheriff's Office are working with the Third Circuit Solicitor's Office to request the court revoke that bond.

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