Mom & son lead Newberry officers on high-speed chase says report

Yvette Michelle Pratt (left) - Carban Kiaeem Epps (right)
Yvette Michelle Pratt (left) - Carban Kiaeem Epps (right)

NEWBERRY, SC (WSPA) – A mom and son with drugs led Newberry Co. officers on a chase, according to a report.

The sheriff’s office say they were conducting a public safety check at the intersection of Nance St. and Kendall Rd. on Feb. 26 around 11:30 p.m.

They say the Jeep approached the checkpoint and came to a stop.

An officer began talking with the suspects and noticed a container of alcohol in the vehicle, according to the report.

When the officer started to reach for the can, the driver started to back up from the check point, turned around and drove off.

Officer caught up to the vehicle as it turned on to Evans St. and turned on their lights and sirens.

The Jeep didn’t stop and continued down Wilson Rd. at speeds of more than 80 mph, according to the report.

An off-duty deputy on Jolly Street Rd. heard the chase and pulled out a tire deflation device while his wife kept him updated on the location of the chase.

The vehicle hit the spike strips, flattening the two front tires and the chase ended a short distance later.

“This was made possible because the deputy was willing to work even off duty and because he had his vehicle with his equipment at his home,” said Sheriff Foster. “This deputy, like so many of our deputies, are willing to go the extra mile to get the job done.”

The suspects were taken into custody when the car came to a stop.

When the officers searched the vehicle, they found two different types of pills that are controlled substances. In addition, the passenger was found to in possession of 2 bags of marijuana with an approximate weight of 53 grams, according to the report.

The driver was identified as Yvette Michelle Pratt, 37, Copeland Street, Newberry, SC.

Deputies say she was charged with Failure to Stop For a Law Enforcement Vehicle, 2 counts of Possession of a Controlled Substance, Resisting Arrest, and Assault and Battery 2nd Degree.

She was released on a $9000.00 surety bond on February 28.

The passenger was identified as Carban Kiaeem Epps, 17.

He was charged with Possession of Marijuana With Intent To Distribute. He was released on February 27 on a $5000.00 surety bond, according to deputies.

Sheriff Foster said that not only did the off duty deputy deploy the device ending the chase, but he and wife then cleaned up the debris from the deployment of the devices.

Deputies say the entire chase traveled approximately 10 miles and lasted approximately 9 minutes.

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