Man charged after chase with deputies

      Florence County deputies arrested and charged Javonte Thomas, 21, with Possession of a Stolen Vehicle, Possession with Intent to Distribute Ecstasy, Possession of Marijuana, Failure to Stop for a Blue Light and No Driver's License after a car chase early Friday morning.

      A deputy was trying to make a traffic stop on U.S. Highway 52 near Interstate 95 on a car similar in description to one possibly involved in two attempted armed robberies in the area earlier that evening.

      Instead of stopping, Thomas, the driver, led deputies on a chase into Darlington County where Thomas was arrested.

      Deputies found Ecstasy and Marijuana in the car.

      It was later determined that the vehicle was stolen from Florence County.

      A second person in the car, a juvenile, was released into the custody of parents.

      The investigation into this incident is ongoing, and additional charges and arrests are possible.