PAGELAND — A man was caught with cocaine after a sheriff’s deputy stopped him for riding a bike without lights or reflectors, according to an arrest report.
First Sgt. Chuck Mixon pulled over 45-year-old Dennis Ray Hyatt of 162 Price Cemetery Road, Pageland, around 12:10 a.m. Sept. 18 on U.S. 601 North. Mixon was telling Hyatt about the dangers of riding a bicycle without lights at night when he noticed a pill container on his key ring and asked him what was inside.
“He told me I could look, so I removed it from the key ring and opened the container up to find a white in color powder substance,” Mixon wrote in his report. “When I asked what it was, the subject dropped his bicycle and ran across the highway.”
Mixon chased Hyatt toward the woods and Hyatt fell in a ditch, according to the report.
“He got up and tried to cross a fence,” Mixon wrote. “I pulled my Taser and shot him in the back. He yelled a little, but the Taser did not seem to affect him.”
Mixon tried to handcuff Hyatt and said Hyatt grabbed his handcuffs and tried to throw them into the woods. He continued to struggle with the suspect.
“Subject kept resisting and fighting almost to the point of exhaustion,” Mixon wrote. “I finally got to my radio and called for backup. At this time, subject began to submit to my commands and I finally got him cuffed.”
Hyatt was arrested on charges of cocaine possession, resisting arrest with injuries and riding a bicycle with no lights. The bike was impounded at the Pageland Police Department.
Mixon’s right thumb was jammed and his right ring finger was injured during the struggle with Hyatt, according to the report. He drove himself to McLeod Health Cheraw for treatment after Hyatt was detained and jailed.
The pill bottle contained 0.2 grams of powder cocaine, according to a report of seized property incident to arrest.
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