Newberry County man arrested for striking deputy, officer at checkpoint

Joshua Miles Mathis and Titilayo Khadija Robinson (Newberry County Sheriff's Office)

NEWBERRY COUNTY, SC (WACH) – Two people have been arrested after one man drug a deputy to the ground and struck another officer with a car after the discovery of marijuana in the car, according to the Newberry County Sheriff’s Department.

Twenty-six-year-old Joshua Mathis is now charged with two counts of attempted murder, possession with intent to distribute marijuana and failure to stop for law enforcement.

The department says that on Wednesday, Jan. 10 just before 9:30 p.m., deputies with the Sheriff’s Office, officers with the Newberry Police Department and the State Law Enforcement Division were conducting a checkpoint at the intersection of Vincent St. and Giff St.

When Mathis approached the checkpoint, a deputy looked inside his green Tahoe and saw a large bag of marijuana lying on the seat. When the deputy opened the door to remove Mathis, he accelerated the car, catching the deputy in the door and knocking him to the ground and dragging him a short distance.

When Mathis accelerated, he also hit a Newberry Police Department officer who was at the checkpoint.

Mathis then sped away as law enforcement pursued. The officers located the car a short distance away, but Mathis had fled the vehicle and left the 12 ounces of marijuana behind.

Law enforcement attempted to search for Mathis, but were unable to find him that night. Mathis did, however, turn himself in Friday, Jan. 12.

Mathis’ 25-year-old girlfriend Titilayo Khadija Robinson, Mathis’ girlfriend, also called and reported the car stolen. Law enforcement was able to determine that she had filed a false report in an attempt to cover Mathis’ crime. She’s now charged with filing a false police report.

The deputy and officer were both treated and released from the hospital. They suffered minor injuries.

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