Dangerous suspect apprehended

akflanagan@thestate.com mlucas@thestate.comJuly 4, 2014 

— The 27-year-old suspect who escaped from custody after being arrested in Laurens County earlier Friday has been apprehended, officials say.

Michael Brandon Bowie was apprehended around 4 p.m. Friday off S.C. 702 in Ninety Six, according to a statement released by the Laurens County Sheriff’s Office Friday.

Bowie was still wearing the handcuffs he had on when he fled from the deputy earlier.

Bowie was arrested and charged with criminal domestic violence after officers responded to an incident around 7:49 a.m. Friday morning on Shrine Club Road in Waterloo.

Deputies say Bowie was taken to the Laurens County Memorial Hospital after he complained of chest pains.

Bowie was treated and released from the hospital around 10 a.m., which is when he escaped, according to the Sheriff's Office.

Bowie escaped while handcuffed as the deputy attempted to place him in the patrol car, according to a Sheriff's Office release.

Deputies say Bowie fled on foot to a nearby neighborhood where he broke into a home and stole a set of keys to a vehicle.

Police say the owner of the vehicle was in the home sleeping when Bowie broke in.

"A deputy responding to the escape noticed the vehicle leaving the scene at a high rate of speed and relayed the information to assisting officers," according to the release. "An officer with Clinton Department of Public Safety spotted the vehicle and initiated a pursuit that ended on American Legion Road in Ninety-Six, S.C."

Police say the vehicle was not involved in an accident and may have run out of gas. Bowie fled on foot.

Several agencies, including Ninety-Six Police, South Carolina Highway Patrol, Clinton Department of Public Safety, Greenwood County Sheriff's Office, State Transport Police, Department of Natural Resources and the Newberry County Sheriff's Office, assisted the Laurens County Sheriff's Office in the search.

Bowie was taken to the Laurens County Detention Center.

He will be scheduled for an arraignment hearing on the criminal domestic violence and subsequent charges stemming from his escape before a Laurens County Magistrate.

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