Midlands sheriff: Magistrates are too lenient when setting bond

Published: Jul. 7, 2016 at 1:00 AM EDT|Updated: Jul. 7, 2016 at 12:55 PM EDT
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KERSHAW COUNTY, SC (WIS) - A repeat offender remained in jail Wednesday night after a civilian, doing a ride-along with a sheriff's deputy, helped to make the arrest.

Richard Roach, who was out on bond from several charges including armed robbery, was arrested over the weekend in Kershaw County. Now the Sheriff says the county's magistrates are too lenient when setting bond for criminals.

It happened Saturday morning on Prescipise Road in Camden at about 2:30 a.m. Deputies said Roach led one of their deputies on a high speed chase, assaulted the deputy and then attempted to escape again.

Lt. Scott Myers, the deputy involved in the incident, said Roach crashed during the chase and had to be forcibly removed from the car.

"The subject was transported to the detention center. En route to the detention center, by one of the other officers, he forcibly kicked the officer's door so hard that the door actually popped opened, and then he fled on foot," explained Lt. Myers. "He was later apprehended by our blood hound tracking unit."

Sheriff Matthews says the incident could've been avoided if Roach was not out of jail on bond.

"I think some of the magistrates should be replaced because they do not do our community a service because of their leniency," expressed Matthews. "That's my personal opinion. I'm sure it's going to make some folks mad but that's the reality of it. It's ridiculous how many times these people get in and out, in and out. It's a revolving door."

Roach remains in jail on a $55,000 bond. He's been charged with several crimes including unlawful carrying of a pistol and resisting arrest with assault.

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