Two men have been arrested after leading state troopers and sheriff’s deputies on a high-speed chase through Kershaw County Thursday night.
32-yera-old Christopher Murphy and 33-year-old Kendrick Wilson and charged each with multiple drug charges. Murphy was also charged with several crimes relating to the chase.
Deputies tired to stop Murphy’s car near the American Legion Post in Camden for a faulty headlight, but the car sped away onto U.S. 521 before merging onto the eastbound lane of I-20. The deputy who tried to make the stop saw what appeared to be drugs being thrown from the windows as the chase progressed. Following the chase, deputies recovered about 40 pieces of crack cocaine and a small amount of marijuana in the road near where the suspects were seen tossing items.
Sheriff’s deputies and state Highway Patrol troopers joined in the chase as Murphy’s car reached speeds of more than 100 miles per hour. The engine in the suspect’s car blew after a few miles and was arrested.
After the chase, deputies charged Murphy, of Lugoff, with possession of crack cocaine with intent to distribute, marijuana possession, disorderly conduct, failure to stop for a blue light, driving under the influence and second-offense driving under suspension. During booking, they also discovered that Murphy was also wanted on a family court warrant.
Wilson, of Camden, is charged with possession of crack cocaine with intent to distribute and marijuana possession.
Both of the men are being held at the Kershaw County Detention Center and have multiple prior arrests, deputies say.