Dennis Ralph Roberts, Jr.
By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer
(Walhalla, SC)————————————–The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Fair Play man earlier today on multiple charges after an early morning pursuit.
42 year old Dennis Ralph Roberts, Jr. of Tugaloo Heights Circle was booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around 4:06am.
Yesterday evening, deputies from the Uniform Patrol Division responded to the Tugaloo Heights Address of Roberts, Jr. in regards to reports of a domestic disturbance. Deputies met with the complainant, who stated that after going to the house to have a meal with Roberts, Jr. that the suspect had verbally and physically assaulted her and had destroyed property inside the house. Roberts, Jr. also reportedly produced a knife as well.
Deputies completed the investigation into the initial incident. Later on, deputies responded again to the same address as part of their investigation into the initial incident. Deputies were notified by the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office that Roberts, Jr. has thrown debris in the front yard of the victim in Anderson County. Deputies approached the Tugaloo Heights Circle residence on foot, whereupon Roberts, Jr. got into a Dodge Neon, started the vehicle and began backing up the driveway in the direction of the deputies. Roberts, Jr. continued up Tugaloo Heights Circle in reverse with no lights at a high rate of speed.
Deputies initiated a traffic stop; however, Roberts, Jr. would not comply. Roberts, Jr. then traveled down Tugaloo Heights Road, eventually leading deputies into Anderson County on Old Dobbins Bridge Road. The pursuit eventually led to Rock Ages Road in Anderson County, which is a dead end road.
After discovering that Rock Ages Road is a dead end road, Roberts turned around but eventually went off the shoulder of the road and the pursuit ended as Roberts Jr. was taken into custody. During the pursuit, Roberts, Jr. traveled at times in the opposite lane of travel with no headlights on. Roberts, Jr. also refused to take a breathalyzer test at the Detention Center.
Deputies also discovered that Roberts, Jr. has outstanding warrants from the Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office and the Simpsonville Police Department and a hold has been placed on Roberts, Jr by both agencies. Also, the tag on the car that Roberts, Jr. drove, a Dodge Neon, was registered to a Toyota Corolla out of Anderson County.
Roberts was charged in traffic tickets with Driving under the Influence and a Vehicle with a Missing/Incorrectly Displayed tag. Roberts, Jr. was also placed on a Temporary Custody Order on charges of Failure to stop for a Blue Light as well as Domestic Violence in regards to the first incident.
According to arrest warrants obtained this afternoon, Roberts, Jr. has been charged with Domestic Violence – 2nd Degree, Failure to stop for a Blue Light and Receiving Stolen Goods.