Woman involved in chase arrested

COUNTY — The woman police said eluded capture after a two-county car chase earlier this month was arrested last 8-27 Page 1A.inddweek in Greenville County.

Pickens County deputies arrested Tracy Renee Scivedge, 43, last Monday after receiving an anonymous tip that she was at a home on Carolina Court in Taylors.

According to a news release from Pickens County Sheriff’s Office chief deputy Creed Hashe, deputies assigned to the office’s Community Action Team were in the Fish Trap Road area near Easley on Aug. 7 evening investigating neighbors’ complaints of suspected drug activity.

When deputies tried to stop a suspicious Nissan Altima that appeared the be fleeing the area after seeing a patrol car, Hashe said, the driver ran a red light, refusing to yield to a deputy’s signal to stop, then proceeded into Greenville County on U.S. Highway 123.

The pursuit reached speeds of around 65 mph, according to Hashe, before the driver made his way to the intersection of South Washington and South Florida avenues in Greenville County.

The driver, later identified as James Allen Pope, 56, of 10 Old Anderson Road in Greenville, stopped the vehicle in the roadway after it became disabled and was operating at a speed of 25 to 35 mph.

The driver and a female passenger got out of the car and fled on foot. Pope was captured and arrested without incident, while the passenger, identified as Scivedge, escaped.

The vehicle used in the chase was found to have been reported stolen in Greenville County.

Pickens County officials charged Pope with disregarding a stop light, failure to stop for blue lights, driving under suspension — second offense, unlawful use of another vehicle’s license plate and two counts of unlawful possession of a firearm.

Pope, who is still being held in the Pickens County Detention Center on more than $30,000 in surety bonds, also faces pending charges of auto theft and possession of stolen property from Greenville County authorities.

Scivedge, of 38B Carolina Court in Taylors, was charged with possession of methamphetamine and unlawful carrying of a pistol. She is being held in the Pickens County Detention Center on a combined $6,000 surety bond.

Methamphetamine was found inside a pocketbook in the car, Hashe said.

“This incident is exactly the type of criminal behavior that our citizens have banded together to report,” sheriff Rick Clark said. “The communities within Pickens County will no longer stand by and allow thieves and drug users to tear down our community. The sheriff’s office is committed to fighting this battle for Pickens County residents.”