Crime

January 16, 2013

Murrells Inlet man wanted for evaluation charged with lying to Georgetown County deputies

A man wanted for a mental health examination was arrested early Wednesday and charged with giving false information to police in Georgetown County after they searched for him a day earlier because of a report that he may have had a gun, according to authorities.

A man wanted for a mental health examination was arrested early Wednesday and charged with giving false information to police in Georgetown County after they searched for him a day earlier because of a report that he may have had a gun, according to authorities.

Andrew Tucker Wesley, 19, of Murrells Inlet is charged with providing false information to police and a golf cart violation and no permit after an officer stopped him about 1 a.m. Wednesday along U.S. 17 Business in Murrells Inlet, said Carrie Cuthbertson, Georgetown County Sheriff’s office spokeswoman.

An officer on patrol saw Wesley driving a golf cart on U.S. 17 Business without headlights, so the deputy stopped him, Cuthbertson said. The deputy recognized Wesley as being the person deputies had searched for on Tuesday along Macklen Avenue.

In that incident, deputies were told there was a man with a gun in the Murrells Inlet area where deputies searched for Wesley based on a probate pickup order, which is an order issued by a Probate Court when a person refuses to be examined by a mental health professional.

The order allows police to pick up the person and transport them to a doctor or emergency room to be examined for commitment for a mental illness or chemical dependency, according to court officials.

Deputies learned Wesley was in Horry County and notified the Horry County police regarding the probate order.

When the deputy stopped Wesley early Wednesday, he gave the deputy false information regarding his identity, Cuthbertson said. Wesley is being held at the Georgetown County Detention Center pending a bond hearing on the charges. He will be transported on the probate order after the bond hearing.

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