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Man arrested after chase in stolen car, hiding underneath porch in Newberry Co.

Tyler Adams (Newberry County Sheriff's Office)

NEWBERRY COUNTY, SC (WACH) – The Newberry County Sheriff’s Department and the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division is crediting the community with their help in arresting a man who fled from deputies in a stolen car Thursday morning.

Nineteen-year-old Tyler Nathaniel Adams of Leesburg, AL. was taken into custody by deputies who were using canines and a helicopter to search for him when two residents saw him go under the front porch of a home to attempt to hide.

The arrest comes after deputies were called to the scene of a suspicious car on Landing Road around 8:45 a.m. The suspect, later identified as Adams, fled the scene on foot.

The deputies gave chase, but Adams was able to get away. The car was determined to be stolen from Myrtle Beach. Law enforcement took custody of the car and found that the tag on the car was the wrong tag and it had been stolen from a car in Mt. Pleasant.

“We are so very grateful to these citizens and for the partnership with have with other law enforcement agencies and with the community,” said Newberry County Sheriff Lee Foster. “When the community becomes extra eyes and ears for law enforcement, we will always be better and more effective. If it were not for the great people of Newberry County, we could not enjoy the benefits of being one of the safest counties and having one of the highest clearance rates when crime does occur.”

Adams originally lied about who he was, but electronic fingerprint records were able to make a positive identification. Adams had several arrests in both Florida and Alabama including burglary, illegal drugs, resisting arrest and domestic violence.

Adams will be charged with possession of a stolen vehicle, possession of a stolen license plate, simple possession of marijuana, giving false information to police officers and resisting arrest.

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