Chase ends when bike runs out of gas drug charges filed against suspect

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By Patrick Yost

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A South Carolina man attempted to flee officers both on a motorcycle and on foot before he was apprehended and charged with a host of drug offenses.

According to Madison Police Department reports, Jonathan Jeriniah Busch, 39, Akins, S.C. was arrested on Saturday, August 6 at approximately 3:30 p.m. after he attempted to flee from Madison Police Officer Andrew Koth. Koth, reports state, first observed Busch standing beside a motorcycle parked behind the Bulldog BP gas station on Monticello Road.

When Koth approached Busch he was told that the motorcycle had run out of gas and he was waiting for his brother. Busch then allegedly jumped on the bike without a helmet and fled south on Monticello Highway. The bike, however, ran out of gas approximately 1700 feet south of the Madison city limits sign and Busch fled on foot. Koth caught Busch approximately 400 yards from the edge of Monticello Highway.

Koth reported that after he apprehended Busch, he located an unmarked prescription bottle that contained 21 Percocet pills and 13.75 Xanax pills in Busch’s front right pocket. Koth reported that while he was chasing Busch had allegedly observed him toss a back pack. That back pack was located and, reports state, contained a bag of suspected marijuana, two scales and a pipe. Koth also learned that Busch had a suspended license and was wanted with active warrants out of Richmond County, Ga.

Busch was charged with three counts illegal possession of a controlled substance, two counts motorcycle equipment not used properly, one count prescription drugs not in original container, one count possession of drug paraphenilia, driving with suspended license and fleeing or attempting to flee.

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