Kevin Patterson


Carter Weaver, Sheriff of Georgetown County, announced the arrest of a Florida man on drug, firearm and traffic charges following a high-speed chase that ended in Litchfield early today.

Kevin Kinyotta Patterson, 40, of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., was taken into custody after fleeing a deputy who stopped his Mazda SUV for operating without rear lights on U.S. 17 Bypass near Murrells Inlet.

With clear weather conditions and no traffic on the highway, deputies initiated a pursuit before the suspect’s car was disabled when three tires were flattened by stop sticks near Litchfield Drive and Ocean Highway.

Deputies took the suspect and a female passenger into custody and reported finding a bag containing 40 individual packages of a rock-like substance thought to be crack cocaine, a jar containing a green leafy substance thought to be marijuana, a grinder and an unmarked pill bottle containing a purple powder, along with a .45 caliber handgun and $2,698 in cash.

Patterson told deputies all the items in the vehicle belonged to him, and the female was released to a friend. He was transported to Georgetown County Detention Center and held on charges of failure to stop for blue lights, trafficking cocaine base, simple possession of marijuana and unsafe/improper equipment. An additional charge of felon in possession of a firearm and unlawful carry of a firearm were lodged upon the finding he is a convicted felon on probation from the state of Florida.

In addition to the local charges, Patterson is being held on warrants from authorities in Florida.