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Crime briefs: Man faces multiple charges after chase

The Journal staff
SALEM — A Central man is accused of running away from police after a short chase and possessing approximately 25 grams of methamphetamine.


Steven Lee Duncan, 41, of Old Seneca Road, has been charged with trafficking methamphetamine, reckless driving, resisting arrest, failure to stop for a blue light, filing a false police report and incorrectly displaying a license tag. He was being held at the Oconee County Detention Center on a combined surety bond of $31,145 at press time Wednesday.
A release from Oconee County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Jimmy Watt said Duncan was spotted on Stamp Creek Road in Salem where an investigator was searching for a wanted person. Duncan had an outstanding warrant for filing a false police report, Watt said.
While a deputy tried to stop Duncan on Mountain View Road, Watt said he did not pull over and drove into an open field on Whispering Pines Road, where he left the vehicle and took off. After a short foot chase, Watt said, Duncan was arrested and deputies found a bag of drugs nearby.

Man charged with assault and battery
SENECA — A 21-year-old Seneca man is accused of assaulting two people in June, hitting a minor while also shoving a woman and attempting to hit her with a closed fist.


Nathaniel Anthony Rhymer, of Ponderosa Drive, has been charged with two counts of third-degree assault and battery, possession of a stolen vehicle valued at more than $10,000 and failure to stop for a blue light. He was waiting for a bond hearing at the Oconee County Detention Center at press time Wednesday. Oconee County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Jimmy Watt told The Journal the last two charges came from the West Union Police Department. The department did not respond to a Journal request by press time.
Warrants allege Rhymer hit a minor in the left temple on June 2 at the Ponderosa Drive address. Rhymer is also accused of shoving a woman on the same day.