Orangeburg man arrested after slow speed chase

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Donald Harmon

Orangeburg, SC (WCBD) – The Orangeburg County Sheriff’s Office says that a man out on bond for shooting at a carload of people is now facing weapons and narcotics charges.

Donald Harmon, 32, has now been charged with possession with intent to distribute marijuana, possession with intent to distribute marijuana within a half mile of a school, possession of a weapon with an obliterated serial number, possession of a weapon by a convicted felon, unlawful carrying of a pistol, resisting arrest, failure to stop for a blue light as well as serving him with a bench warrant in which he was convicted in his absence after failing to appear for a charge of driving under suspension.

Bond was set on Harmon during a hearing on Friday at $37,822 for all charges.

Lead investigator Emmanuel McDuffie told the court the Russell Street man has previously had multiple contacts with law enforcement over the years. One of those contacts was an 2011 assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature charge in which he was one of several arrested after a bystander was shot and killed after an argument at a gas station over a dog.

McDuffie said Harmon is currently out on bond for shooting into a car load of people at that same gas station in 2017.

Harmon came to the attention of Orangeburg County Sheriff’s deputies around just before 2 p.m. Thursday when narcotics agents were conducting an operation near Campus Drive in Orangeburg.

The narcotics agents saw a man riding a moped on the wrong side of the road.

When deputies attempted to make a traffic stop, however, the driver continued on with deputies right behind.

After a brief slow speed chase, the driver fled on foot after crashing the moped. He was arrested within several minutes.

Deputies found a revolver with an obliterated serial number on the man and recovered a bag he had tossed.

Inside the bag deputies located 126 grams of what appeared to be marijuana.

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