SCHP: Trooper's taser taken in traffic stop struggle

Published: Mar. 3, 2014 at 11:16 PM EST|Updated: Mar. 4, 2014 at 12:32 AM EST
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Sowells (Source: Florence County Sheriff's Office)
Sowells (Source: Florence County Sheriff's Office)

FLORENCE, SC (WMBF) - A man is behind bars in Florence County after struggling with a South Carolina Highway Patrolman and taking his taser.

According to Sgt. Bob Beres with the SC Highway Patrol, a trooper pulled over a car around 3 a.m. Sunday morning on US 76 near Bentree Lane because it was weaving.

During the traffic stop, the trooper and the driver struggled and the driver gained the trooper's taser.

The driver, identified as 28-year-old Vanshawn Sowells, escaped on foot, but was arrested several hours later at a trailer in Timmonsville.

SCHP, Probation, Pardon, and Parole and the Florence County Sheriff's Office cooperated in that arrest. The trooper's taser was located.

Sowells was transported to the Florence County Detention Center where he is charged with violation of beginners permit, driving under the influence, resisting arrest, petit larceny involving $2,000 or less, possession of cocaine and possession of a controlled substance.

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