Crime & Courts

After car chase, Sumter man arrested, drugs found

A Sumter man is in jail after deputies were led on a chase that ended with the confiscation of about $31,500 worth of marijuana.

Marcus Rhodes, 23, of 37 Brand St., was arrested Wednesday and charged with possession with intent to distribute marijuana, second offense.

Investigators with the Sumter County Sheriff's Office initiated a traffic stop on Lafayette Drive in which the vehicle did come to a stop, but as law enforcement approached, the vehicle drove off, according to a Thursday news release from the sheriff's office. The investigators pursued the vehicle onto Brand Street where the passenger exited the vehicle through the window with a book bag.

A foot chase followed, and when the suspect was caught, investigators reportedly found 7 pounds of suspected marijuana in his possession.

This incident remains under investigation. Rhodes is being held in the Sumter-Lee Regional Detention Center pending bond.

In 2011, Rhodes pleaded guilty to second-degree burglary, possession with intent to distribute and forgery of less than $10,000.