Hide and Seek…With A Bag of Crack

Clinton P.S.O. Thomas Scott Peay was on routine patrol on South Broad on Monday when he reportedly observed a red Pontiac traveling toward him. The passenger did not have on a seat belt, so a traffic stop was conducted on South Broad at Quality Cleaners. The officer noted observing a very strong odor of marijuana. When the officer began to handcuff the person for detainment during an investigation, he reportedly pulled away and fled, running behind the cleaners towards Spruce Street. A foot chase continued through back yards on Spruce and Pine Streets. The subject was eventually detained in a front yard on Spruce Street.  Lt. Eric Robinson arrived to assist, along with additional backup from the Laurens County Sheriff’s office. A search of the subject reportedly found $990 in the man’s right front pocket. Sgt. Casey Jones searched under a house the subject had been under and reportedly found a large bag of off-white rock substance that later tested positive as crack cocaine, and a green leafy substance that field tested positive for marijuana.  23-year-old Joseph Rashad Harris of 111 Woodland Drive, Fountain Inn was charged with Possession with Intent to Distribute Marijuana and held on a $10,000 bond for alledgedly possessing 19.4 grams of reefer. Possesion with intent to distribute crack cocaine and held on a $15,000 bond for purportedly possessing 1.07 grams of crack, a $5000 bond for resisting arrest as stated, and a $262.50 bond for open container.