ECSO arrests SC man following chase

The Elbert County Sheriff’s Office arrested a South Carolina man Friday evening on 19 traffic and drug charges following a car chase on Highway 172 in Bowman.

Mark Steven McGarity, 51, of Anderson, South Carolina was arrested and charged with fleeing or attempting to elude police officers, possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, possession of marijuana-less than one ounce, willful obstruction of law enforcement officers, criminal trespass, possession and use of drug related objects, tampering with evidence, DUI-drugs, driving while license suspended or revoked, missing/defaced/obscured license plate, reckless driving, driving on wrong side of undivided street, failure to maintain lane, driving too fast for conditions/prima facie speed, failure to obey stop sign, passing in a no passing zone, probation violation, operation of unregistered vehicle or vehicle without current license revalidation decal and failure to maintain insurance.

According to Chief Investigator Darren Scarborough, deputies initially attempted to conduct a routine traffic stop after running the license plate on the Chevy truck to find it registered to a Jeep Cherokee .

McGarity then refused to stop, leading to the car chase on Highway 172 in Bowman.

Scarborough said that the chase lasted for about five to seven miles during which McGarity reached speeds of over 100 mph in a 45 mph zone before leading the chase down a dead end dirt road in Bowman, where he then attempted to flee by foot.

“After a short foot pursuit, law enforcement caught the suspect in the woods,” said Scarborough.

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