JONESVILLE — A man is in jail after a two-county chase involving four law enforcement agencies that ended with him being found hiding on the back porch of a house in the Town of Jonesville.
Union County Sheriff David Taylor said that Willie James Rice, a resident of Union County, was taken into custody Saturday afternoon at a residence on Pineneedle Street in Jonesville following a chase that began in the City of Spartanburg. Taylor said that in Spartanburg County Rice was pursued by the Spartanburg Police Department and the Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office. He said a BOLO (Be On the Look Out) alarm was issued for Rice’s vehicle which was then spotted in Pacolet where the Pacolet Police Department joined the pursuit, chasing Rice into Union County.
Taylor said that deputies with his office then ook up the pursuit of Rice who continued down SC 9 before turning on to Elm Street north of Jonesville. He said that after turning on to Elm Street, Rice lost control of his vehicle and wrecked.
Even though his vehicle was out of commission, Taylor said Rice continued to try to evade capture, jumping out of his car and running away. Taylor said deputies called in the K-9 unit which began searching for Rice, picking up his scent and following it for about a half an hour. He said the bloodhound lead deputies to the back porch of a house on Pineneedle Street where he said Rice was hiding, having locked its storm door.
Taylor said Rice was taken into custody and then transported back to Spartanburg. While he did not know what Rice would be charged with in Spartanburg County, Taylor said his office would be filling charges against Rice as well. He said the charges would be drug-related, because at the time of his arrest Rice had in his possession both marijuana and cocaine.
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