Two Sumter men held on drug charges after police chase

The (Sumter) ItemAugust 22, 2013 

Two men are facing drug charges after being tracked by a K-9 unit, but not before leading law enforcement on a car chase ending with a wreck behind a Sumter home.

Larry O'Brian Archie, 25, of 4401 Reona Ave., is charged with possession of crack cocaine; simple possession of marijuana; second-degree burglary; failure to stop for blue lights; and driving under suspension, third offense. Donnie Jermaine Pack, 29, of 462 Robney Drive, is charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute.

At about 7 p.m. Tuesday, deputies from the Sumter County Sheriff's Office received a tip that a tan Chevrolet Tahoe was carrying drugs and weapons. Deputies spotted a vehicle matching the description on North St. Pauls Church Road, and when they attempted to stop the vehicle, it accelerated and pulled away.

After a short chase, the car reportedly left the roadway and crashed behind the home. Two men then ran from the vehicle, and a foot chase began.

Archie was spotted nearby entering a home in the 300 block of New Castle Street but immediately exited the house and was arrested. The residents of the home told deputies they had never seen the suspect before and he walked into their home without their consent. Near the spot where Archie was arrested, deputies reportedly found a plastic bag containing a "rock substance" suspected to be crack cocaine, and they also reportedly found suspected marijuana in his pants pocket.

A K-9 unit was called to the scene and eventually located Pack nearby. The suspect was reportedly carrying a gray and black book bag containing three bags of suspected marijuana, totaling 960 grams. He was also reportedly carrying a digital scale commonly used to weigh the drugs. Pack was also arrested on an outstanding Family Court bench warrant. Both men were transported to Sumter-Lee Regional Detention Center. The Tahoe was towed from the scene and impounded by law enforcement.

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