WALHALLA — The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office arrested two individuals March 5 on a variety of charges, including drug charges, on a recent traffic stop during routine road patrol operations.
Ret Allen Brink, 52, of 252 Oak Creek Road in Seneca, was arrested for driving without a South Carolina driver’s license and was cited for disregarding a stop sign. He also was charged with possession of methamphetamine.
Donald Wayne Leroy, 47, of 350 Steer Run Road in Seneca, was arrested for giving false information to a police officer and possession of methamphetamine.
According to the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office, a deputy was traveling north of S.C. 59 on March 5 when he was notified by another deputy that a black SUV was headed his way and the driver was suspected of not having a driver’s license and possible illegal drug activity.
The deputy got behind in the vehicle and then initiated a traffic stop at the corner of Feltman Road at S.C. 59 after the SUV rolled through a stop sign at the same intersection.
The driver of the SUV was identified by the deputy as Brink and the passenger, according to the incident report, told the deputy that he did not have any identification. He gave the officer what later turned out to be a false name.
Brink, the driver of the SUV, told the deputy that he did not have a driver’s license, which was confirmed through dispatch.
The deputy had been notified by another deputy that the same SUV had pulled into a driveway off Feltman Road earlier that night where a witness told that deputy that the vehicle had pulled into the driveway. The subjects had popped the hood and started messing around under the hood.
As the deputy did an inventory of the vehicle after the arrest, a check under the hood revealed a crumpled cigarette box, which contained what appeared to be methamphetamine. Both subjects denied ownership of the package.