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Traffic Enforcement at Fall Creek Landing #2 due to Reckless Driving Complaints Leads to Arrest

Quavaico Terawan Gaines

(Walhalla, SC)-------------------------------------Responding to reckless driving and suspicious activity complaints at Fall Creek Landing #2 near Salem, the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office conducted a traffic enforcement operation last Friday night that led to the arrest of a Greenville County man.

Units from the Uniform Patrol Bureau and the Marine Unit participated in the traffic enforcement operation. While the operation was underway, the Sheriff’s Office received two calls in reference to reckless driving before any contact was made with those on scene.

According to evidence obtained during the operation, the Sheriff’s Office observed numerous vehicles and a large fire ring that had been created in the parking lot. Vehicles were doing burnouts in the parking area. Deputies also heard gunshots coming from the direction of the landing prior to arriving on scene.

Deputies approached the landing with the blue lights in their vehicles activated. The Marine Unit vessel docked at the landing as well with deputies on-board.

Deputies made contact with several vehicles on Fall Creek Church Road. Deputies also identified two main suspect vehicles, a red Ford Mustang and a silver BMW, and made contact with the drivers and passengers of both vehicles.

The driver of the Mustang, 22 year old Quavaico Terawan Gaines of Woodruff Road in Greenville, was arrested and charged with one count each of Driving under Suspension, Reckless Driving, Operating an Uninsured Vehicle, Improper Use of a Tag and with being a Habitual Traffic Offender. Gaines was released from the Oconee County Detention Center, this past Saturday, on a combined $8,005.00 personal recognizance bond.

In regards to the silver BMW, two Greenville County man were issued tickets by Deputies. One of the men was charged with Reckless Driving and No Proof of Insurance. The other man was charged with Simple Possession of Marijuana. Both men were not arrested and were released from the scene.

“The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office has been conducting some extra patrols around our County Recreation and Park areas,” says Oconee County Sheriff Mike Crenshaw. “However, the Sheriff’s Office is requesting that our citizens and visitors to our County Recreation and Park areas notify us of any reckless driving complaints or any suspicious activity by calling our non-emergency line at 864-638-4111.”

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