Florence man charged after high-speed chase

Javonte Thomas (Source: Florence County Sheriff's Office)
Javonte Thomas (Source: Florence County Sheriff's Office)

FLORENCE COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - A Florence man has been arrested and charged with a slew of crimes after leading authorities on a high-speed chase.

Javonte Thomas, 21, is charged with possession of a stolen vehicle, possession with intent to distribute ecstasy, possession of marijuana, failure to stop for a blue light and no driver's license.

The Florence County Sheriff's Office says a deputy attempted to stop the car Thomas was driving on Highway 52 near Interstate 95 early Friday morning.

The car matched the description of one believed to be involved in two armed robberies during the night. Thomas led deputies on a pursuit into Darlington County where he was caught.

Deputies found Ecstasy and Marijuana in the car., and determined the care was stolen from Florence County.

A juvenile in the car with Thomas was released into the custody of parents. The investigation is ongoing, and additional charges and arrests are possible.

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