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Routine traffic stop turns into car chase for Greenville Police

What was originally supposed to be a simple traffic stop for a loud and excessive noise ordinance for Greenville Police, soon turned into a car chase that lasted several blocks last Sunday.

According to reports, a Greenville Police officer noticed a black Dodge Charger playing loud and excessive music while traveling on South Street. When then the officer attempted to make a stop, the vehicle speed off and tried to flee from the officer.

The officer pursued the vehicle for several blocks until it suddenly turned into the parking lot of a local business on Oliver Street. The vehicle then tried to cross the railroad tracks. However, the vehicle got stuck on the tracks which gave the officer, and assisting officers, enough time to arrest the suspect and remove the vehicle from the tracks without further incident.

A search conducted by officers on the scene found marijuana and ecstasy in the vehicle and the suspect, 41-year-old Fredrick Palmer, was arrested for possession of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana 2nd, drug paraphernalia, and reckless endangerment. They were also issued multiple traffic citations including a loud and excessive noise violation. A passenger of the vehicle was also arrested for outstanding warrants with the Butler County Sheriff’s Office.

“I commend the actions of these officers in apprehending this dangerous individual and keeping anyone else from harm”, said Greenville Police Chief Justin Lovvorn regarding the incident. “We will be strictly enforcing this law.  Please do not put yourself or others at risk by running from the police for any reason.   We will always pursue the maximum punishment possible for anyone who would show such indifference for human life.”