4 arrested following high-speed chase through 2 counties

Darlington, SC - DARLINGTON, SC (WMBF) - Darlington County deputies arrested four men after they allegedly robbed a convenience store in Darlington and led police on an hour-long, high-speed chase through two counties.

The chase ended in Pageland with the arrests of all four suspects.

According to Darlington County Capt. Andy Locklair, investigators began stakeouts at area convenience stores following nine armed robberies throughout Darlington and Florence counties.

Around 1:23 a.m. Monday, someone activated the panic alarm at the Sav-way on Pearl St. in Darlington.   According to Locklair, deputies were watching as the subjects ran to their car after they robbed the store at gunpoint.

"We had a unit at every open convenience store in the county when the call came in," said DCSO Sheriff Wayne Byrd. "The hard work paid off this morning with the arrest of these four men."

When deputies tried to stop the car, the suspects fled.

The chase went up Highway 52 though Society Hill into Chesterfield County to Cheraw. The suspects then took Highway 9 through Chesterfield City to Pageland where stop strips took out the tires on the suspect's vehicle.

Locklair said two of the suspects ran from the car and were arrested in a wooded area nearby.

Timothy Eugene Ham II, 19, of Cades; Malcolm Robert Lee Melvin, 19, of Florence; Travis Darrell Haynes, 19, of Darlington; and Reginald Gerald McClair, 20, of Florence, were charged by the Darlington County Sheriff's Office with failure to stop for a blue light and possession of stolen goods.

Maj. Carlos Raines, spokesman for the Florence Police Department, said the four men are also being investigated for crimes that occurred within the City of Florence. Charges, however, have yet to be pressed.

Law enforcement officials with the Darlington, Chesterfield County, Chesterfield, Cheraw and Pageland assisted in the case.

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