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Suspects turn selves in

Two Colleton County men have been charged in connection with a vehicle chase that occurred in Walterboro on August 1st.

Donell Stephens

Donell Stephens, 25, and Juan R. Rivera, 20, turned themselves into the Colleton County Sheriff’s Office on August 3rd at 4:30 p.m. They were wanted in connection with a vehicle chase that occurred on Robertson Boulevard at 12:15 p.m. in Walterboro on August 1st. During that chase, multiple deputies with the Colleton County Sheriff’s Office pursued the suspect’s vehicle, with deputies trying to stop their car with stop sticks. Stephens, who was driving, hit a deputy’s car during the pursuit, according to a sheriff’s office press release.
Deputies who were pursuing Stephens also saw him throw a firearm out of the window. That weapon was later found by deputies: according to Lt. Tyger Benton, spokesman for the sheriff’s office, that gun had been reported stolen in Beaufort County.
Stephens ultimately crashed the car on Robertson Boulevard and Baracada Road. He and Rivera then jumped out of the car and ran into the nearby woods, according to information released by local law enforcement.
After they ran into the woods, the Colleton County Sheriff’s Office began tracking them with K-9 officers. However, they were not found.

Juan R. Rivera

Before the car chase, Stephens was wanted by the Walterboro Police Department for an outstanding warrant.
Stephens is now being charged with Failure to Stop for Blue Lights, Unlawful Carrying of a Firearm, Possession of a Stolen Firearm and various narcotics violations, according to Benton.
Rivera is also being charged with the Unlawful Carrying of a Firearm, Possession of a Stolen Firearm and narcotics violations.
After turning themselves into authorities, Stephens and Rivera were being held at the county jail pending a bond hearing, which was held on August 4th.
There is no information from local law enforcement officers or the State Law Enforcement Division (SLED) as to whether or not these two suspects were involved in the recent shooting, where a deputy with the local sheriff’s office was fired at while on routine patrol. The deputy was not injured in that shooting. SLED has taken over that investigation. As of press deadline, no updates were available, according to Thom Berry, SLED spokesman.

 

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