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Suspicious Vehicle Call Results in Foot Chase, Drug Arrest

web posted January 3, 2014

MURPHY VILLAGE An Edgefield County Sheriff's Deputy was dispatched to the area of Saint Anthony Street due to a report of a suspicious dark colored truck riding slowly in the area and stopping in front of a number of homes around 3 am New Years morning. The deputy, who was nearby, spotted the truck and identified it as a black Dodge as it turned onto Murphy Street.

The truck then turned down a side street and when the deputy caught up the driver had exited the truck and was walking toward the back of a residence. The deputy yelled at the driver to walk back to him, but he took off running instead with the deputy right behind him.

As the suspect was running he turned back to look at the deputy and fell to the ground. The deputy quickly took the man into custody. He was identified as 36-year-old Billy Odell Bagwell of Lincolnton, Georgia.

The man claimed he ran because he did not have a drivers license. A search of the vehicle following the arrest found a cigarette pack containing six blue pills identified as valium. When Bagwell was asked if he had a prescription for the pills he stated he did not, an incident report said.

Bagwell was issued four traffic citations for no South Carolina drivers license, operating an uninsured vehicle, unsafe equipment and expired vehicle license. He was transported to the Edgefield County Detention Center where he was booked on the traffic tickets. A "hold" was placed on him while the deputy seeks a warrant for the drug charge.  

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