Man arrested on drug charges after chase sends deputy to hospital

Derrick Allen (Washington County Sheriff's Office photo)

PLYMOUTH, Washington County - The Washington County Sheriff's Office arrested a man on drug and other charges after a chase ended up with a deputy being sent to the hospital.

Sheriff Johnny Barnes said on Feb. 28 at around 8:30 p.m. Deputy Archie Quintana attempted to stop a gray Buick Park Avenue operated by Derrick Allen. He was being stopped for driving with a suspended license but instead of stopping, Allen sped up, resulting in a chase.

In a press release, Barnes said Allen drove onto Davenport Forks Road before Quintana requested assistance from Deputy Robert Cartwright. Quintana noticed Allen throwing something out of his vehicle during the chase. While attempting to assist in the pursuit, Cartwright lost control of his vehicle.

Allen was eventually stopped and taken into custody. While searching through the area where Allen threw out the object, an SBI canine located 6.5 grams of crack cocaine and one gram of marijuana. Quintana also seized $1,504 in cash after searching through Allen's vehicle.

Allen was placed in the Washington County Jail on the charges of felony flee to elude arrest, possession of drug paraphernalia, driving while license revoked, failure to heed blue light and siren, possession of marijuana and reckless driving to endanger. He is currently under a $750,000 bond.

Cartwright was transported to Vidant Medical Center in Greenville with serious injuries including two broken vertebrae and bleeding from the brain, according to a story by The Associated Press. He is expected to make a full recovery.

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