Pursuit through Georgetown: Greenwood man faces drug, firearms and other charges

GEORGETOWN – A 30-year-old Greenwood man faces drug, firearms and other charges after he fled from a traffic stop and led Georgetown police on a pursuit through town.

Georgetown police Tuesday arrested and charged Paul Edwards for disregarding a police officer signal, malicious mischief by a motor vehicle, aggressive driving, resisting arrest, carrying a concealed deadly weapon, receiving a stolen firearm, possession of parijuana and other motor vehicle moving violations.

Edwards was arraigned at Justice of the Peace Court 2 and committed to Sussex Correctional Institution in lieu of $16,606 cash bond.

According to Georgetown Police Department spokesman Det. Joey Melvin, the incident began at about 10:55 a.m. June 13 as Georgetown police observed a white in color Hyundai with expired registration traveling on North Bedford Street.

Paul Edwards

Officers conducted a vehicle stop on South Bedford Street. When the officer contacted the operator, the operator fled on foot from the vehicle. During the foot pursuit, Edwards managed to return to his vehicle and fled from police, Det. Melvin said.

Georgetown officers pursued the Hyundai through several streets in Georgetown until the Hyundai collided with a fence on Lynch’s Lane. Edwards exited the passenger side of the vehicle and fled on foot from the accident scene.

Officers then deployed a taser and took Edwards into custody. A search of the Hyundai revealed drug paraphernalia, approximately one gram of marijuana and a semi-automatic handgun.

Further investigation revealed that the handgun recovered from the vehicle had been reported stolen, Det. Melvin said.

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