BCSO busts alleged dealer after brief car chase

Published 3:38 pm Tuesday, August 21, 2018

A brief car chase on U.S. Highway 264 on Monday evening led to one arrest and multiple drug-related charges for the driver of the vehicle. According to a press release from the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office, the BCSO Drug Unit arrested Uriah Keyes, 28 years of age, of 24 Trails End North in Washington.

The release states that Keyes was charged with two counts of possession with intent to sell and deliver cocaine, possession with intent to sell and deliver cocaine within 1,000 feet of a school, possession of marijuana, driving while license revoked, flee to elude arrest, failure to stop for a red light and resisting a public officer.

According to the release, Keyes’ arrest stemmed from investigators making purchases of crack cocaine from Keyes. Investigators witnessed Keyes driving a vehicle with no license and attempted to conduct a traffic stop. Keyes fled from investigators on U.S. Highway 264 and ran the red light at the intersection of Brick Kiln Road and U.S. Highway 264, headed toward the Washington.

According to BCSO Lt. Russell Davenport, deputies took action to force the vehicle to a stop, preventing what could have been a dangerous situation for pedestrians, property owners and other motorists had the chase continued through the city.

Once Keyes was in custody, the release states that investigators conducted a search of his vehicle, discovering crack cocaine and marijuana. Davenport speculates that Keyes may have attempted to destroy or conceal evidence as he fled, as investigators discovered drugs in his socks and the bottom of an empty drink can.

Keyes was detained in the Beaufort County Detention Center under a $205,000 secured bond. At the time of his arrest, Keyes was under a $6,000 secured bond for possession with intent to sell and deliver cocaine. According to Davenport, Keyes has a long history of drug-related charges.