PICKENS COUNTY — A 56-year-old man was arrested on multiple traffic offenses and weapons charges after he led deputies with the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office on a high-speed chase into Greenville County last week.
James Allen Pope, 0f 10 Old Anderson Road in Greenville, is in custody at the Pickens County Detention Center facing charges of disregarding a stop light, failure to stop for blue lights, driving under suspension (second offense), unlawful use of another vehicle license plate and two counts of possession of a firearm.
Pending charges from Greenville County include auto theft and possession of other stolen property.
According to the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office, deputies assigned to the Community Action Team were patrolling the area of Fish Trap Road on Aug. 7 after several neighborhood complaints concerning suspected drug activity.
At 9:20 p.m., a deputy attempted to stop a 1999 Nissan Altima that appeared to be fleeing the area after spotting the patrol units. The driver — later identified as Pope — ran a red light, failed to yield to the deputy’s signal to stop, and sped into Greenville County via S.C. 123.
The pursuit reached speeds up to 65 mph before making its way to the intersection of South Washington Avenue and South Florida Avenue. Two loaded handguns were thrown from the vehicle during the pursuit. The Altima had been reported stolen from Greenville County.
According to reports, Pope lost control of the vehicle, struck a raised median and a chain link fence, which resulted in a flat tire. Pope and female passenger attempted to flee the scene on foot.
The female passenger — identified as 43-year-old Tracy Renee Scivedge — was not apprehended at the scene and is still being sought.
A quantity of methamphetamine was also discovered inside a pocketbook. Deputies are still trying to determine who it belonged to.