OCONEE COUNTY, SC (WSPA) – The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office arrested a man on several charges on Tuesday, which included drug trafficking.
According to a sheriff’s office news release, a deputy saw Millard Jerome Strickland, 40, of Seneca riding a black moped on Highway 123 traveling towards Seneca.
A records check revealed Strickland had active warrants.
When the deputy tried to conduct a traffic stop, Strickland did not stop and went to a parking lot of a business on Wells Highway at Shiloh Road near Seneca, where the deputy told him to get off of the moped.
Strickland then reportedly started driving again and turned right onto Shiloh Road.
According to the release, the deputy followed Strickland into the Utica Mill Hill area. Other deputies responded to assist in stopping Strickland.
The chase ended near the intersection of Padgett Street and Hope Avenue, where Strickland then tried to run away, but was taken into custody.
A search of Strickland revealed he had a handgun on him, and a second firearm was located on Strickland’s moped.
According to the release, a kitten was found inside the trunk of the moped. The kitten was later turned over to animal control.
A purple bag, seen around Strickland’s neck during the chase, was seen next to the moped and deputies found a quantity of narcotics inside the bag.
The narcotics were turned over to the narcotics division.
According to the release, Strickland was checked by paramedics at the scene and was then transferred to an area hospital as a precaution.
Strickland was later released from the hospital and was taken to the detention center.
He was charged with one count each of trafficking in methamphetamine, possession of marijuana, failure to stop for a blue light, receiving stolen goods, unlawful carrying of a pistol and resisting arrest, as well as two counts each of possession of a weapon during a commission of a violent crime.