Authorities: Woman who escaped police custody in Florence County apprehended

Authorities: Woman who escaped police custody in Florence County apprehended
Trisita Lynn Lewellen (Source: Florence County Sheriff's Office)

FLORENCE COUNTY, S.C. (WMBF) – Authorities said they apprehended a woman Tuesday afternoon who escaped from law enforcement while being taken to the Florence County Detention Center earlier in the day.

Florence police officers were called just after 10 a.m. Tuesday to the 500 block of Pamplico Highway in reference to people possibly using drugs at the location.

Officers said they located 27-year-old Trista Lewellen and found out that she had an outstanding warrant for shoplifting with enhancement. Lewellen was then taken into custody.

During the transport, authorities said Lewellen escaped from the vehicle near Effingham Highway and Trials End.

The Florence County Sheriff’s Office helped in the search and Lewellen was taken into custody around 12:30 P.M.

Authorities searched her and found her to be in possession of suspected cocaine.

Along with the shoplifting charge, Lewellen has also been charged with escape and possession of cocaine.

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