Man flees during traffic stop, suspect still at large

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A suspect is still at large after fleeing from an Independence County Sheriff’s Deputy Saturday night, April 20.

Deputy Chris Martin attempted to conduct a traffic stop after noticing the driver of a black 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt displaying suspicious driving behaviors and having expired license tags, according to the Independence County Sheriff’s Department’s incident report.

Martin followed the vehicle up Ramsey Mountain and into the Chamblee Circle neighborhood before attempting to stop the vehicle.

The driver accelerated then abruptly stopped, and a male suspect exited the vehicle, sprinting east around a detached shop building near a residence, according to Martin.

In the report, the deputy noted the male was “…tall, of slender build, and had a short beard. He was wearing black in color sweat pants with a blue t-shirt and an orange baseball hat.”

Martin noted he was unable to see if the man continued fleeing or was concealing himself near the detached shop. The deputy removed the keys from the suspect’s vehicle and then conducted a search to attempt to identify the suspect.

After being unable to find the subject, Martin conducted a search of the vehicle and found a voided check made out to who is believed to be the suspect in the case.

The suspect has yet to be located, according to the report. 

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