Laurens County Sheriff’s Office officers arrested a Cross Hill man after cornering him in the waters of Lake Greenwood on Wednesday.
Jerry James Brown, 31, was charged with failure to stop for a blue light, receiving stolen goods, unlawful carrying of a firearm and driving under suspension.
The series of events began when the LCSO received a call for service at Mansfield Campground near the lake. The call was in reference to subjects who didn’t belong in the campground using the shower facilities without permission. The complainants provided the tag number of a vehicle that had been stolen in Greenwood.
Deputies located the vehicle on Hwy. 39 after it fled the scene. Deputies attempted to initiate a traffic stop of the vehicle. The driver refused to stop. Deputies disabled the vehicle, ending the pursuit at a bridge on Todd Quarter Road in Waterloo.
When the vehicle stopped, the driver, Brown, jumped over the bridge into Lake Greenwood. Deputies were able to keep him in sight and surrounded him along the bank. He refused to come out of the water. The Department of Natural Resources was called and responded to the scene. A citizen allowed deputies to use his (or her) boat to apprehend the subject before DNR arrived.
Brown was taken into custody without further incident. Emergency Medical Services was called to treat the suspect due to his being in cold water for an extended period.
Once cleared by EMS, Brown was transported to Johnson Detention Center and booked by Deputy Debra Caldwell. The arresting officer was Lt. Timothy Byrd.
“Several citizens in the area came out to make sure our guys were OK, and one person allowed us to use their boat to apprehend this criminal,” Sheriff Don Reynolds said. “I can’t thank these people enough, and it’s a perfect example of our community coming together to put these criminals behind bars where they belong.
“I hope criminals read this article and know we will not tolerate this type of illicit activity. The citizens of Laurens County will continue working alongside the Sheriff’s Office to make our county a safe place to work and raise a family.”