2 men arrested after I-85 chase, investigators find 895 grams of meth


SPARTANBURG COUNTY, S.C. (WSPA) — Two men were charged with drug trafficking and other crimes after deputies said one suspect tried to hit an officer with his vehicle during a traffic stop, prompting a chase across county lines on Interstate 85.

Greenville County Sheriff’s Office’s Lt. Jimmy Bolt said the chase began at about 12:30 p.m. Thursday in Greenville County.

Bolt said the driver, later identified as Elisten Douglas Buchanan, tried to hit a deputy with his car during a traffic stop.

Deputies pursued Buchanan from Greenville County into Spartanburg County where the chase ended on I-85 North near mile marker 68.

Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Kevin Bobo said Buchanan and a passenger in the vehicle were also suspected of trafficking drugs.

Bobo said during the pursuit, the suspect slowed down to toss bags containing a white substance over the bridge just before mile marker 67.

Sparatanburg County deputies managed to push the suspect vehicle into a concrete barrier and end the chase, but Bobo said the suspects wouldn’t open the doors of the vehicles and windows had to be broken out before they were arrested.

No one was reportedly hurt in the chase.

Elisten Douglas Buchanan, 28, of Fort Lawn, S.C. is charged with failure to stop for blue lights, second offense, in Spartanburg County.

On Friday, Greenville County Sheriff’s Office officials said Buchanan faces attempted murder and failure to stop for blue light charges in their county.

The passenger, identified as Garrett Akeem Covington, 29, of Lancaster, S.C., was charged with littering. Both men are charged with trafficking over 400 grams of methamphetamine in Spartanburg County.

He does not face charges in Greenville County.

A narcotics investigator found almost two pounds – 895 grams – of methamphetamine in the suspects’ car, Bobo said.

Deputies also seized $2,666.

Buchanan and Covington remain in the Spartanburg County Detention Center. Both were denied bond.

Bolt said Friday that once Buchanan is released on charges from the Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office that he will be brought to Greenville County to faces charges, as well as have a bond hearing.

(Source: Audrey Wolfe)

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