Laurens County Deputy Brent Rushing was on patrol at Owings Industrial Park last night when at 10:55pm he reportedly observed a gray Dodge leaving a construction area, and he turned around to talk with the vehicle driver. The vehicle then sped off and made a right turn onto Wells road. Deputy Rushing activated Blue Lights and Siren. After traveling another mile and a half, the vehicle stopped. Deputy Rushing reported detecting the smell of marijuana in the vehicle when he approached the vehicle. He reportedly also observed a clear plastic bag containing a plant-like substance in the cup holder of the vehicle. Additional officers came to the scene from the Sheriff’s Office and Fountain Inn Police. The plant in the bag reportedly tested positive as marijuana, and the driver was charged with Simple Possession of Marijuana. After receiving permission to search, officers reportedly located a cell phone that contained pictures of marijuana plants. Questioning the man, they allegedly learned he was growing them under a power line behind his residence. Lt. Marty Crain and Sgt. Robert Timmons then went to that location on Kimbark Lane, Fountain Inn. They reportedly located five marijuana plants growing at that location. The plants, along with the bag of marijuana and the cell phone were taken into evidence.
25-year-old Thomas Doyle Anthony II of 146 Magnolia Tree Lane, Lyman was taken to the Johnson Detention Center. While initially ticketed on the Simple Possession charge, he was also being held for warrants which deputies were to seek to also charge him with Manufacturing and Cultivating Marijuana.
A juvenile subject who was also in the car stopped on Wells Road late last night was turned over to his mother.
The car was towed from the scene.