Burglary suspect runs from deputies and crashes in Oconee Co. says report

Richard Clayton Bagwell II
Richard Clayton Bagwell II

WALHALLA, SC (WSPA) – The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office says they arrested a Thomasville, NC man over the weekend on multiple charges after a weekend pursuit.

Richard Clayton Bagwell II, 25, of E. Guilford Street was booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around 4:37pm Saturday.

Deputies responded to a call of a burglary at an address on Jocassee Lake Road Saturday afternoon.

The victim told deputies they saw a man inside the home and the suspect had gotten in by kicking out a window.

As they were responding to the scene, dispatch gave a description of a vehicle that left the scene of a burglary with a man inside.

Deputies saw a vehicle matching the description on North Highway 11.

A deputy says they started a traffic stop on the vehicle but the vehicle did not pull over and passed vehicles on a double yellow line while also speeding.

The chase eventually ending on Razorback Lane as the fleeing vehicle wrecked.

Two people got out of the vehicle and a foot chase started.

The driver of the vehicle, later identified as Bagwell II, was caught, according to deputies.

The passenger in the vehicle wasn’t found.

Bagwell had a suspended license out of North Carolina, according to deputies.

Bagwell was charged with one count of Second Degree Burglary.

He also was issued traffic tickets for Failure to stop for a Blue Light, No South Carolina’s Driver’s License and Improper Display of a Tag.

The South Carolina Highway Patrol also charged Bagwell II due to their investigation of the accident.

Bagwell is in custody on a combined $30,697.50 surety bond.

Also, GPS Monitoring will be a requirement upon release as a condition of a bond.

The charge of Burglary – Second Degree is a felony that carries a penalty of not more than 10 years in prison.

The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office is continuing their investigation.

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