The car chase that went from Waynesville through Crocker, Richland, and into Camden County, only to end in a crash back in Richland Tuesday night has seen charges filed this week.
Charges have been filed against one suspect in the car chase that started in Waynesville and ended in Richland Tuesday night. Demon D. Culpepper, has been charged with Resisting/Interfering with Arrest for a Felony and Delivery of a Controlled Substance Except 35 Grams or Less of Marijauna or Synthetic Cannabinoid.
According to the probable cause statement filed by Waynesville Police Department (WPD), the car chase began in the Waynesville city limits near Booker Rd. and Highway 17. WPD attempted to stop a silver Chevy Malibu with Georgia license plates and a passenger threw something out of the window.
The object was recovered by another officer and it was "a large amount of white/grey substance in a plastic bag," according to the probable cause statement.
WPD reviewed car camera footage and confirmed that a passenger did throw the substance out of the vehicle, according to court documents, and a field test indicated the substance was "positive for heroin."
The suspected heroin was "packaged for resale and distribution," according to the probable cause statement, as there was a "large amount" in a plastic bag and "was further packaged in smaller amounts."
WPD pursued the vehicle "until speeds exceeded 100 mph and then it was terminated for the safety of the motoring public," the probable cause statement reported.
"The vehicle traveled highway 17 to Highway 133 in Crocker, then went into Richland where a second pursuit was initiated by Richland Police. That pursuit was terminated when the vehicle traveled into Camden County," the probable cause statement said of the pursuit.
Camden County Sheriff Tony Helms issued a press release stating that "Camden County deputies responded to So. State Hwy 7 to assist in a pursuit of a silver Malibu with Georgia license plates, originating from Pulaski County."
According to the probable cause statement, the vehicle returned to Richland some time later and crashed.
Helms statement said the suspect vehicle "collided with a tree just inside the Pulaski County jurisdiction" and the probable cause statement said the crash happened "near the Shady Dell Park."
"One occupant was still on scene and identified as Demon Culpepper by his Missouri driver's license," the probable cause statement reported.
According to both Helms and the probable cause statement, Culpepper was examined and cleared by medics on the scene of the crash.
WPD's probable cause statement reported that Culpepper waived his Miranda Rights and spoke to WPD on the scene, telling officers that "he did not know who the other two black males were" in the vehicle, however the female was his "Girl."
The female was caught, but there was no record of charges filed as of Wednesday morning. The other two occupants of the vehicle have not been reported as caught or charges filed.
Culpepper is being held on a $50,000 cash or surety bond at the Pulaski County Jail. More charges may be filed in this case, due to the involvement of multiple jurisdictions and multiple suspects.