A Columbia Police Department drug suppression team followed a tip from a Hollywood-Rose Hill resident about a dealer in the neighborhood, resulting in a police chase that included help from the Richland County Sheriff’s Department’s helicopter Wednesday.
When the police arrived at the house on Superior Street the suspect fled, Columbia Police Chief Randy Scott said. Officers chased him, and the sheriff’s helicopter pilots heard about the pursuit on their radios. So, they flew over to help, Scott said.
Still, the suspect eluded police. But they will continue their search today, Scott said.
The sheriff’s department’s helicopter makes routine flights around the county, said Monique Mack, a spokeswoman for the department. Pilots use the flight time for training and to assist other agencies if needed during those routine flights. The helicopter also can be launched when receiving specific requests from local law enforcement, she said.