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Sumter crime reports: Checkpoint leads to DUIs, man uses twin brother's ID at traffic stop

BY SHELBIE GOULDING
shelbie@theitem.com
Posted 1/16/20

Both the Sumter County Sheriff's Office and the Sumter Police Department provided the following incident reports from Jan. 9-12.

The reports consist of assaults, DUIs, family feuds and more from the weekend.

JAN. 9

Deputies arrested a …

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Sumter crime reports: Checkpoint leads to DUIs, man uses twin brother's ID at traffic stop

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Both the Sumter County Sheriff's Office and the Sumter Police Department provided the following incident reports from Jan. 9-12.

The reports consist of assaults, DUIs, family feuds and more from the weekend.

JAN. 9

Deputies arrested a Sumter man after he made an unlawful turn and presented a similar but false identity during a traffic stop.

Antonio Durant Roach, 42, of Sandy Run Drive, was arrested after turning right from Phillips Street into the far-left lane of Lafayette Drive in a silver Infiniti.

At about 10:15 p.m., deputies conducted a traffic stop, and Roach presented a South Carolina driver's license belonging to his twin brother.

After a records check, South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles revealed that Roach was also a habitual traffic offender, according to an incident report.

JAN. 10

Deputies arrested two Sumter men on suspicions they were driving under the influence after conducting a driver's license checkpoint at the intersection of Peach Orchard Road and Glen Street, both occurring after 1 a.m.

Tyler Mitchell Haselden, 26, of Carol Way, was arrested after deputies conducted a sobriety test. They had observed an open can of Budweiser in the center console of Haselden's blue Toyota Tacoma. Haselden said he drank it prior to getting in the vehicle along with two other beers, according to the incident report.

Hunter Joseph Miehle, 21, of West Oakland Avenue, was also arrested as a result of the checkpoint.

Deputies observed a closed Corona beer bottle in the cup holder of Miehle's silver Toyota Tacoma. Miehle said he drank two beers prior to leaving home an hour before the checkpoint, according to an incident report.

Deputies performed a sobriety test on Miehle, and based on the results, deputies concluded Miehle was too impaired to operate the vehicle.

Also on Friday, at 12:50 p.m., officers responded to a man being jumped and assaulted by two unknown suspects at a Sumter apartment complex.

The man said he found a wallet on the floor at the Young's convenience store on Miller Road before the incident.

He said he was standing on the property of Miller Arms Apartments when two black males approached him. One suspect had braids and wore a blue and red jacket, and the other had short hair and was tall, according to an incident report.

The man said the two suspects punched him several times in the face, causing swelling and bruising to the left side.

One of the suspects told the man the wallet belonged to him, and they saw him take it on the store's video footage. The suspects then fled with the wallet and the man's South Carolina license.

The man was transported by ambulance to Prisma Health Tuomey Hospital.

JAN. 11

Officers responded to a residence on West Oakland Avenue in reference to a family feud resulting in a reported assault and firearm being pointed.

At about 3:45 p.m., officers arrived on scene and made contact with a father, who said his wife was assaulted by his ex-wife.

The father said when his ex-wife arrived to his residence, she began arguing with his current wife and struck her with her shoe, causing a fight between the two women.

After the fight, his ex-wife went to her black Dodge Ram truck and presented and pointed a firearm in the direction of his wife.

According to the report, the man's 17-year-old son also damaged his father's Dell laptop by smashing it in the road in front of the residence.

Officers then made contact with the ex-wife, who did not have a firearm present and had a different story from the father.

She said she was picking her son up from her ex-husband's residence when his current wife began arguing with her.

She said it was his wife who became aggressive toward her and punched her first. She said her ex-husband's wife then went to her truck and began jumping up and down on the back; officers witnessed footprints but no damage to the vehicle.

The son also said that prior to leaving the residence, his father took a cellphone out of his hand, leaving a scratch on his hand.

JAN. 12

Deputies arrested a Bishopville man after recovering stolen property during a traffic stop at the intersection of East North Main Street and Liberty Street in Mayesville.

At about 6 a.m., deputies witnessed a man driving a vehicle with a dealer tag and conducted a traffic stop.

The driver, Pierce Lee Ham, 31, of Bishopville, was asked to present his license, proof of insurance and bill of sale to deputies, but Ham said all of his information was left at home.

Deputies ran Ham through dispatch, and his license came back with a sixth-offense driving suspension.

After arresting Ham and conducting a vehicle search, deputies found a .40-caliber Witness firearm in the locked glove box of the vehicle. Ham said he purchased the firearm from a pawn shop in Darlington five years ago, but after running it through dispatch, it came back stolen out of Darlington Police Department.

Ham was transported to the Sumter County Detention Center and held for a warrant for possession of a stolen firearm, as well as a sixth offense of driving under suspension charge and habitual traffic offender.

Officers responded to shots being fired at a Sumter apartment complex residence.

Officers made contact with a resident at Archdale Drive Apartments, who said there was a loud bang between 1 a.m. and 2:30 a.m. When the resident woke up later in the morning, the resident discovered bullet holes in the lower part of the entrance door.

Another resident also reported a loud bang in the middle of the night and observed the holes in the entry way.