Three people have been arrested after a chase involving a stolen truck, utility trailer and four-wheeler ended in a collision on I-385 on Tuesday.
The Laurens County Sheriff’s Office received a report on Monday in reference to a burglary in which a utility trailer and four-wheeler were stolen from a residence in Clinton. On Tuesday, a friend of the victim saw what he believed to be the stolen utility trailer being pulled by an older model Dodge Dakota.
Deputies located the vehicle and trailer on Whelon Rd. in Laurens and attempted to initiate a traffic stop on the vehicle. The vehicle fled and went towards Gray Court.
The pursuing deputy observed the fleeing vehicle attempt to enter I-385 in the wrong lane. Deputies backed off at this time and attempted to warn oncoming traffic.
The driver of the vehicle lost control and collided with another vehicle. The driver of the vehicle, Toby Horne, fled on foot after the collision but was apprehended by deputies after a chase. It was later discovered that the vehicle was stolen out of Spartanburg County.
Warrants were served on Wednesday at the Johnson Detention Center. Toby Christopher Horne, 36, of 9954 Highway 101 South in Gray Court, was charged with burglary-second degree, grand larceny, driving under suspension-2nd or subsequent offense, failure to stop for blue light, habitual traffic offender, receiving stolen goods and unlawful carrying of a pistol.
Nikki Lee Fields, 37, of 109 Martindale Drive in Simpsonville, was charged with receiving stolen goods. Darrell Scott Ellason, 37, of 109 Martindale Drive in Simpsonville, was charged with receiving stolen goods.
“It’s a miracle no one was killed by these thugs,” said Sheriff Don Reynolds. “They put everyone on the roadway in danger and we’re thankful no one was seriously injured. We intend to keep these criminals behind bars where they belong so hopefully they won’t be a danger to anyone else in the future.”