Chad Allen Phillips
By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer
(Walhalla, SC)———————————The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office arrested and charged a Seneca man Sunday morning with multiple charges, which included two traffic tickets and five separate warrants.
23 year old Chad Allen Phillips of 1703 Keowee Lakeshore Drive was booked into the Oconee County Detention Center on warrants charging him with Resisting Arrest, Failure to stop for a Blue Light, Assault and Battery – 3rd Degree, Threatening the Life of a Public Official and Malicious Damage to Property. Phillips was also issued traffic tickets for Littering and Driving under the Influence.
Late Saturday evening, a deputy was dispatched to reports of an accident on Highway 130 near the Bad Creek Hydroelectric Station in the northern part of the county. Unable to locate the accident on Highway 130, the deputy turned onto Highway 107 to look for the accident there. While speaking with a deputy from Jackson County to check up on the possible accident, the deputy observed a black in color Toyota 4 Runner traveling down Highway 107 with no lights on.
After initiating his blue lights and attempting to pull the vehicle over, the vehicle ran the stop sign at the intersection of Wiggington Pass and Highway 107 and turn towards the North Carolina line. The deputy observed the driver, later identified as Phillips, throw an empty six pack of beer out of the window. The vehicle eventually pulled over on the right side of the road on Highway 107.
Once the deputy approached the vehicle, he asked Phillips for his license, registration, and proof of insurance and told him the reason for the stop. According to the deputy, Phillips had a hard time focusing on the instructions of the deputy and smelled of alcohol on his person. After receiving word from dispatch that the driver’s information was clear, the deputy approached the vehicle a second time, where he discovered that Phillips had rolled up his window and had put on a shirt. The deputy asked Phillips on multiple occasions to step out of his vehicle to which Phillips replied multiple times that he would not.
After finally agreeing to exit the vehicle, Phillips stumbled out of his vehicle towards the deputy. The deputy then attempted to place Phillips under arrest to which Phillips resisted by pulling away from the deputy and attempting to turn around. After placing handcuffs on Phillips, he continued to try to get away from the deputy and attempted to jump out in the roadway trying to be struck by another vehicle. Phillips then was placed the back of the deputy’s patrol car.
A second deputy arrived on the scene and an inventory was performed on Phillips vehicle before it was towed. Empty beer cans were discovered in the vehicle. As this was going on, Phillips continued to be unruly and combative by kicking the door of the patrol vehicle. The deputy then transported Phillips to the Detention Center.
On the way to the Detention Center, Phillips continued to be combative and agitated by using profanity and kicking on the back passenger side window and a passenger door, as well as kicking and head-butting the center partition.
At the Detention Center, two deputies assisted the arresting deputy with trying to move Phillips to the jail. Phillips continued to be unruly and used profanity while deputies tried to detain the suspect. Eventually Phillips was detained and move into the Detention Center, where he refused to give a breath sample for the breathalyzer and continued to be unruly and disorderly at the jail.
According to warrants, Phillips had two prior convictions for Failure to stop for a Blue Light. Phillips is also accused at the Detention Center of kicking one of the deputies on the leg and licking his arm and for threating to kill the same deputy once he is released from jail. Finally, Phillips caused over $2,000 in damage to the arresting officers patrol vehicle by kicking out the back passenger side window of the vehicle.
Phillips is currently being held at the Oconee County Detention Center on a combined $37,559.50 surety bond on all charges.