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ACSD searching for man who fled chase, crash

Anderson County Sheriff’s deputies are searching for a man on a host of charges stemming from a pursuit on Sunday morning. A deputy spotted a man driving a gold Chevy Malibu without a seat belt near the intersection of New Clear Branch Road and Lake City Highway just after 8:45 am Sunday and attempted to pull the car over. According to the incident report, though, the driver sped up and tried to elude the deputy. The chase did not last long as the driver, later identified as Joshua Styles, lost control of the car on New Clear Branch while rounding a curve and crashed into a rock embankment. Styles exited the car through the passenger side and fled on foot, leaving behind his passenger, Janis Roath. Roath eventually told deputies who had been driving the car and admitted that they had been out looking for drugs as she “needed something to feel better because she was going through detox.” Drug paraphernalia, including syringes, were found in the car, and deputies found a semiautomatic pistol underneath the car when it was towed from the scene. Roath was arrested on a charge of possession of drug paraphernalia and taken to the Anderson County Jail, where she was checked out after complaining of a headache. Despite a search of the area, Styles was not located. Deputies did learn that his driver’s license had been revoked since last year and that he is a convicted felon, and therefore prohibited from having guns. Warrants will be sought for his arrest on felony counts of unlawfully possessing a handgun, reckless endangerment and evading arrest as well as misdemeanor charges of reckless driving, possession of drug paraphernalia, failure to exercise due care, leaving the scene of an accident, driving on a revoked license (3rd offense), reckless endangerment and the original violation of the seat belt laws. As of the time this report was filed, Styles had not been located.

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Jim Harris has been WYSH's News & Sports Director since 2000. In addition to reporting local news, he is the play-by-play voice for Clinton High School football, boys' and girls' basketball and baseball. Catch Jim live weekdays beginning at 6:20 am for live local news, sports, weather and traffic plus the Community Bulletin Board, shenanigans with Ron Meredith and more on the Country Club Morning Show on WYSH & WQLA. Jim lives in Clinton with his wife Kelly and daughter Carolina, his mother-in-law and cats Lucius and Oliver.

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