COLUMBIA (WACH) â?? Cocaine, crack, and $7,000 in cash were found in one vehicle during a Driverâ??s license check point that led into a high speed chase.
During the checkpoint, hosted by the Sumter County Sheriffâ??s Office and the South Carolina Highway patrol, deputies observed a 2013 Dodge Avenger with three occupants approach the checkpoint.
The driver of the vehicle, John Henry McBride, 46, handed an officer an open bottle of liquor and a driverâ??s license that belonged to the front seat passenger, Clarence Vaughn, 48.
The officer instructed the three occupants to get out, but the vehicle sped off. A Sumter County Deputy followed the vehicle. The vehicle continued down Starks Ferry Road at a high rate of speed towards Pinewood Road.
When the vehicle approached Pinewood Road, it continued straight through the intersection and stuck a ditch. The vehicle then hit the brick sign for Enon Baptist Church, and flipped over on its side.
Brian McBride was seen climbing out of the vehicle through a broken window and fled from the scene carrying a black bag. A search of the bag revealed 30 grams of cocaine valued at $3,000, 8 grams of crack valued at $1,600, and $7, 747 in cash.
McBride and Vaughn were entrapped in the vehicle. All three subjects were airlifted to Palmetto Richland Hospital via Life Reach Helicopters.
John Henry McBride is being charged with Trafficking Cocaine, Possession with Intent to Distribute Crack Cocaine, Failure to Stop for Blue Light/Siren, Violation of ABC Law, and driving under Suspension 1st offense.