A high speed car chase that began in Greene County ended in Madison when the suspect’s vehicle struck the corner of the former Steak ‘n Shake restaurant on Eatonton Road and stalled.
Two men fled on foot from the crashed vehicle but were apprehended near the Cracker Barrel parking lot. One suspect was held by the Greene County Sheriff’s Office K9 Deputy Takoda and the second man was found attempting to hide behind a semi-trailer in the Cracker Barrel parking lot.
According to Capt. Lee Stancill, Greene County Sheriff’s Office, a Greene County deputy attempted to stop a 2020 Dodge Journey in the westbound lanes of Interstate 20 near the 129 mile marker at approximately 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 22.
During the initial stop on Interstate 20, Stancill said, the deputy noted that the vehicle’s brake lights stayed active as he approached the vehicle. When the deputy neared the Dodge, the vehicle accelerated away, beginning a chase toward Madison where speeds would reach more than 100 mph. Stancill said the deputy noted that the Dodge was weaving dangerously in and out of traffic.
Madison Police Department reports state that at 4:40 p.m., Madison officers were alerted of the chase and three officers positioned their patrol vehicles at the bottom of the 114 exit ramp and attempted to use stop sticks to slow the vehicle. The attempt failed and the Dodge maneuvered around the patrol cars, ran straight across Eatonton Road and struck the now-empty Steak ‘n Shake.
The suspected driver, Khalif Denari Haltiwanger, 18, Lexington, S.C., was apprehended by the Greene County K9 unit and a Madison Police officer and two Morgan County Sheriff’s Office deputies apprehended Tyquan Williams, 25, Columbia, S.C., in the Cracker Barrel parking lot.
Stancill said authorities located seven bags of suspected marijuana in the vehicle packaged for re-sale and two loaded pistols, a Glock .45 caliber pistol and a Glock 9mm pistol.
Haltiwanger has been charged with possession of marijuana with intent to sell, fleeing and attempting to elude law enforcement, driving with a suspended license, failure to maintain lane, tampering with evidence, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, obstruction and reckless driving.
Williams has been charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and obstruction.