Driver of Stolen Vehicle Plows
Through Law Enforcement Cars
The afternoon calm was shattered last Thursday at 4:17 p.m. by a car thief on the run through downtown Saluda.
Heather Denise Harmon, 33, of Batesburg is alleged to have stolen a 1995 Chevrolet S-10 pick-up truck from the town of Ninety Six and was fleeing from that jurisdiction. A Ninety-Six PD unit was able to catch up to the vehicle before entering our county and the town limits of Saluda.
Patrol units from the Saluda PD and Saluda Sheriff’s Office were still responding to Greenwood Highway when the vehicle sped into town. A deputy was able to stop the flow of traffic at Travis Ave. and Main St. to allow the vehicle to pass, however, Ms. Harmon instead plowed into the deputy’s 2013 Ford Interceptor without braking.
The impact spun the patrol vehicle around 180 degrees as the stolen truck crawled into the parking lot of the Stop and Shop. As other units converged on the suspect, a town policeman on foot attempted to extract the driver from the vehicle. The driver was able to drive away nearly dragging the officer under the spinning tires.
Harmon struck another Sheriff’s car and Police car before reentering the roadway and accelerating down Travis Ave. The fleeing woman was taken off of the road by a Saluda PD unit on Columbia Highway just beyond Roya Foods to prevent further property damage and end the present threat to the public.
Harmon was charged with four counts of assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature against the four law enforcement officers struck by her vehicle. The Ninety Six PD will prosecute her for the motor vehicle theft and failure to stop for a law enforcement vehicle. The SC Highway Patrol charged Harmon with DUI. Harmon is also wanted on outstanding arrest warrants in Newberry and Aiken.
Sheriff John Perry is very pleased that Ms. Harmon was captured with no injury to any of the deputies, policemen, or the suspect involved.
Saluda County Sheriff’s Office
To Open Circle Substation
Sheriff John Perry is glad to announce the opening of the Saluda County Sheriff’s Office Circle Substation. T
he substation is located within the Circle VFD at 3321 Columbia Hwy in the Leesville section of the county.
The purpose of the substation is to reduce response time to calls for service to the northeastern portion of the county and to help maintain a law enforcement presence in that area.
By reducing the amount of time deputies must spend driving to and from the Sheriff’s Office Headquarters from that region deputies will be able to remain in the field while completing paperwork.
The substation will not be manned at all times but is designed to be utilized on an as needed basis.
Any citizen that lives or happens to be in that area should feel free to bring concerns to the substation whenever a patrol car is parked there.
Also, one may call the Sheriff’s Office Headquarters (864-445-2112) and request that a deputy meet there to assist.
The Sheriff thanks all of the members of the Circle VFD for their support and the space to provide better service to our county. Options for opening other substations are being discussed as well.
CPT Greg B Eklund
Saluda County High School Rodeo
Saluda County High School Rodeo will be held March 27 - 28, 2015, 8:00 nightly at the Saluda Young Farmers Tractor Pull Complex, 100 Law Enforcement Drive, Saluda.
Saluda High School FFA and Wyman King Academy Booster Club are bringing the South Carolina High School Rodeo Association to our hometown.
Seven of Saluda’s local young men and women will be competing at the Saluda County High School Rodeo. Ali Harrison, Dillon Harrison, Ryan Rodgers, Grace Moore, Abby Moore, Kody Brown and Colby Yarborough.
Concessions will be provided by the Saluda Tiger Marching Band.
Cost of Admission: $10 Adults (12 - over); $5 Children (6 - 11); Free (5 and under).
Many thanks to all the sponsors who helped to make this event possible!