Wanted Sumter man found hiding in attic after fleeing traffic stop


A Sumter man who was wanted by the South Carolina Probation, Parole and Pardon Service was arrested on Monday when he was found hiding in his attic after fleeing from a traffic stop.

Demetrius Johnson, 32, faces charges of failure to stop for blue lights and siren; possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine; felon in possession of a firearm; wanted person-outstanding arrest warrant; and wanted person-Probation, Parole and Pardon Service, according to Ken Bell, public information officer for the Sumter County Sheriff's Office.

Deputies attempted to make a traffic stop on a gold Nissan registered to Johnson on March 26, according to Bell, but the driver did not stop.

The vehicle wrecked on Woodlawn Avenue, which is a short distance from Johnson's residence on North Milton Road off Broad Street.

While conducting an inventory of the vehicle, deputies located a firearm and suspected crack cocaine.

Sumter Police Department and Sumter County Sheriff's Office K-9s tracked from the accident scene to Johnson's house, where Probation, Parole and Pardon Service officers also responded.

Johnson had an outstanding arrest warrant from the agency, Bell said.

He said after a search warrant was obtained for the residence, Johnson was located hiding in the attic.

Johnson is being held in the Sumter-Lee Regional Detention Center on $11,000 bond, though he was denied bond for violating the terms of his probation.