Fast fleeing suspect can't elude Richland deputies Wednesday morning

jmonk@thestate.comFebruary 26, 2014 

Bethea

RICHLAND COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE

— Shawn Bethea was fast, but not fast enough to escape the long, faster arms of the Richland County Sheriff’s Department.

According to a sheriff’s spokesman, Bethea’s first speeding venture came around 3 a.m. Wednesday, when he was rocketing along Broad River Road so fast he almost ran a deputy and his car off the road.

The deputy gave chase, but Bethea, 23, refused to stop, spokesman Curtis Wilson said. More deputies joined the pursuit.

Finally, on Bush River Road at the Woodland Village Apartments, deputies caught up with Bethea and arrested him.

Bethea was then transported to Region 4 Headquarters on Beatty Road when, according to Wilson, he managed to escape from custody.

Wilson did not say exactly how Bethea escaped, or whether he was handcuffed at the time.

Around 5 a.m., Wilson put out a news media alert, warning everyone to be on the lookout for Bethea and giving his photo.

Around dawn, Bethea was captured about 150 yards from where he escaped.

Bethea was initially wanted for reckless driving, giving false information to law enforcement officers and failure to stop for blue lights and sirens.

And as a result of his fleeing, Wilson said, deputies added two more charges – resisting arrest and escape.

He is now in the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center. No bond has been set.

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