Man out on bond accused of assaulting woman, stealing car before Upstate police chase


Jerry Howell is accused of assaulting a woman before stealing her car, leading police on a chase and crashing into two vehicles (Anderson Co. Detention Center).

BELTON, S.C. (WSPA) – A suspect is behind bars after police said he led officers on a chase in a stolen car and crashed into two other vehicles.

Belton Police Chief Robert Young said the suspect assaulted and carjacked a woman around 6:15 p.m. Wednesday at a convenience store in Belton.

The victim was putting air in her tire at the Shell Station in the 400 block of South Main Street when the suspect assaulted her then fled in her car, Young said.

Police attempted to stop the suspect, identified as Jerry Wayne Howell, 39, of Belton, near his girlfriend’s home.

Howell refused to stop and led officers on a chase.

Howell ran a stop sign at Augusta Road and Cooley Bridge Road (Highway 247) and crashed into two vehicles, according to Young.

After the crash, police say Howell ran before he was captured by Belton police with assistance from Greenville County sheriff’s deputies.

Howell was treated at a hospital for non life-threatening injuries before he was booked into the Anderson County Detention Center.

Police said Howell has been charged with grand larceny, third degree assault and battery, failure to stop and resisting arrest. Howell was booked into the Anderson County Detention Center. His bond was set at 75,000.

Howell was out on bond for burglary and failure to stop for an alleged incident last month before Wednesday’s pursuit, according to Young.

Police said the drivers that Howell hit were not hurt.

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