Georgetown man charged following police chase

troot@thesunnews.comAugust 16, 2013 

Travis Sentell Alston

— Deputies in Georgetown and Charleston counties searched Thursday night for a person who was speeding along U.S. 17 before the man surrendered to police early Friday, according to authorities.

Travis Sentell Alston, 33, of Georgetown was taken into custody about 1 a.m. Friday after Georgetown County deputies were notified he wanted to surrender, said Carrie Cuthbertson, public information officer. Alston has been charged with reckless driving, habitual offender, failure to stop for blue lights, unlawful storage of liquor and second-offense driving under suspension for driving under the influence.

Alston also had an outstanding bench warrant, but details of those charges were not available.

Georgetown County Sheriff deputies were working traffic enforcement on U.S. 17 about 8 p.m. Thursday when a vehicle was seen going 95 mph south in the southern part of the county, Cuthbertson said. Deputies tried to stop the vehicle, but it continued south on U.S. 17 into Charleston County.

After several miles the vehicle made a U-turn, stopped and pulled over, Cuthbertson said. The person driving the vehicle then ran into a nearby wooded area.

Deputies searched for the person, but were not able to find them. The vehicle, a 2003 Ford Expedition, was towed.

Deputies took Alston into custody without incident on Corner Loop in the Santee community. Alston is being held at the Georgetown County Detention Center pending a bond hearing.

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