Man Arrested on Drug Trafficking and Other Charges After Chase in Oconee County

A man has been arrested by the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office on several charges on Tuesday, which included drug trafficking.

A deputy saw Millard Jerome Strickland, 40, of Seneca riding a black moped on Highway 123 traveling towards Seneca, according to a sheriff’s office news release.

A records check showed Strickland had active warrants.

When the deputy attempted to carry out a traffic stop, Strickland did not stop and went to a parking lot of a business on Wells Highway at Shiloh Road near Seneca, where the deputy told him to get off of the moped.

Strickland at that point reportedly started driving again and turned right onto Shiloh Road.

As indicated by the release, the deputy followed Strickland into the Utica Mill Hill area. Other deputies responded to help in stopping Strickland.

The chase ended near the intersection of Padgett Street and Hope Avenue, where Strickland then attempted to run away but was taken arrested.

A search of Strickland showed that he had a handgun on him, and a second firearm was discovered on Strickland’s moped.

A kitten was found inside the trunk of the moped, according to the release. The kitten was later handed over to animal control.

A purple bag, seen around Strickland’s neck amid the chase, was seen next to the moped and deputies discovered a large number of narcotics inside the bag.

The narcotics were handed over to the narcotics division.

As indicated by the release, Strickland was checked by paramedics at the scene and was then transferred to an area hospital as a precaution.

Strickland was later discharged from the hospital and was taken to the detention center.

He was charged with one count each of trafficking in methamphetamine, possession of marijuana, failure to stop for a blue light, receiving stolen goods, unlawful carrying of a pistol and resisting arrest, as well as two counts each of possession of a weapon during a commission of a violent crime.

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