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Brief chase in a stolen car leads to drug charges

Brian David Riggins Jr.


     On the lookout for a vehicle stolen in Horry County, deputies found the car, drugs, and an alleged dealer with a gun near Tabor City Thursday morning, Columbus County Sheriff’s Office reports show.

     Brian David Riggins Jr., 25, of Pine Circle Drive, Tabor City, was charged with possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver a schedule 2 controlled substance; possession of a schedule 2 controlled substance; maintaining a vehicle for the distribution of a controlled substance; fleeing to elude arrest; failure to stop for blue light and siren; resisting law enforcement; possession of a firearm by a felon; possession of a stolen firearm; possession of a stolen vehicle; reckless driving to endanger the public; and having an open container of alcohol in his vehicle.

     Riggins arrest followed a brief police pursuit that began with deputies and detectives spotted the stolen Chevrolet Impala on Pine Circle Drive in the Green Acres subdivision at about 10 a.m. Thursday, Sheriff’s spokeswoman Michelle Tatum said.

     As deputies began a traffic stop, the Impala “sped away,” Tatum said, that pursuit ending on James Street in Green Acres as Riggins “exited the vehicle and began to flee on foot.”

     Riggins “was armed with a handgun when he exited the vehicle,” Tatum said.

     No shots were fired, Riggins dropping the gun as he fled, and quickly taken into custody outside of a James Street home.

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