High Speed Car Chase Leads to Grow-Op

Henry Neville Brice

WINNSBORO – A Blackstock man was arrested last week after leading Fairfield County narcotics officers on a high-speed chase down the Highway 321 Bypass.

Henry Neville Brice, 57, of 12091 Highway 321 N., Blackstock, was arrested June 12 and charged with disregarding a stop sign, failure to stop for a blue light, driving under suspension, reckless driving, possession of marijuana, possession of cocaine base (crack cocaine), manufacturing marijuana and possession of a controlled substance.

The Sheriff’s Office said they were conducting a narcotics operation in the South Winnsboro area and officers observed the suspect, later identified as Brice, make what appeared to be a drug sale from the front seat of his 2000 Buick Park Avenue off Columbia Road. The officers pulled their car parallel to Brice’s car just long enough to look him in the eye, the Sheriff’s Office said, before Brice hit the accelerator and sped away through an intersection. Brice took a quick left on 9th Street, heading west, and right on the Bypass, heading north. Officers followed as Brice weaved in and out of traffic. As speeds reached in excess of 100 miles an hour, the officers broke off the chase near Fairfield memorial Hospital, the Sheriff’s Office said, fearing that Brice may injure a bystander. But by that time, the agents had Brice’s license plate number and had dispatched deputies to his Blackstock home.

Deputies arriving at Brice’s home located Brice’s car, used in the chase, behind the home. On the front seat could be seen a small amount of what deputies believed to be crack cocaine. When knocks to Brice’s front door went unanswered, deputies obtained a search warrant for the home, entered and found Brice hiding in an upstairs bedroom. A search of the bedroom uncovered more crack cocaine, marijuana and prescription medication for which Brice had no prescription. A search of the grounds turned up 26 marijuana plants, between 1-foot and 4-feet tall, growing outside the home. While these plants had not reached full maturity, the Sheriff’s Office said, a single mature plant can fetch as much as $2,000 in marijuana sales. Brice was taken into custody without further incident and transported to the Fairfield County Detention Center.

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