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Aiken Man Leads Deputies on Miles Long High Speed Chase

web posted August 19, 2014
MERRIWETHER   An Edgefield County Sheriff's Deputy on patrol early Sunday morning spotted a blue 2006 Dodge Durango heading south of Sweetwater Road and having trouble keeping the vehicle in his lane. The deputy followed the truck as it turned on to Republican Road then Lanham Road and parked in a driveway. The deputy continued his patrol not knowing moments later he would be in a high speed chase with the same driver.

Upon returning to Sweetwater Road the deputy spotted the same truck heading southbound and was still having trouble maintaining his lane. The deputy turned on his in car camera to record the driver's actions. The deputy turned on his blue lights to make a traffic stop on Sweetwater Road near the intersection of Country Lane and the driver turned on to Country Lane, which is a dead end road, and refused to stop. Once at the dead end the driver turned around and sped off trying to evade the deputy.

The driver, later identified as Troy Antonio Dublin, 32, of Aiken, ran the stop sign on Country Lane and reentered Sweetwater Road southbound. As another deputy joined the pursuit, Dublin turned back off of Sweetwater Road onto Murrah Road Extension, running the stop sign at the Five Notch Road intersection, and continuing down Murrah Road and onto Springhaven Drive.

Dublin then made a right turn onto Ashwood Drive, another dead end, and turned around in a yard to avoid patrol vehicles and headed back out towards Springhaven and then backtracking onto Murrah Road towards Five Notch Road. With more deputies cutting off escape routes, Dublin turned into Copeland Circle where he later stopped and ran from the vehicle trying to escape on foot.

The deputy initiating the initial traffic stop was right behind Dublin yelling at him telling Dublin he was under arrest and to stop trying to escape. The deputy was able to take him into custody as he tried to cross a fence.

Once in custody, Dublin was asked why he ran. His response was because he did not have a drivers license, an incident report stated. After being arrested and read his rights, deputies found what might have been the real reason for running - an assortment of drugs in the truck. And just for good measure, there was a Magistrate Court bench warrant out for his arrest.

A search of the truck after his arrest turned up cocaine and crack cocaine in quantities to warrant possession with intent to distribute charges for both drugs. Additional charges included resisting arrest, fail to stop for blue lights and siren, DUI 2nd offense, driving under suspension 2nd offense, malicious injury to person property and the outstanding Magistrate Court bench warrant.

He is currently being held on a total of $2,275 in bonds with several pending felony warrants expected to be filed today.


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