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Burglary suspect arrested after jumping from moving car

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By Jesef Williams

A Lancaster man wanted for burglary was arrested last month after evading police.
On March 31, Police charged Danielle Lamar Peay, 25, 1248 Old Greenbriar Drive, with alighting from a moving vehicle, resisting arrest and unlawful carrying of a pistol.

Officers began following a blue Ford Taurus about 2:50 p.m. that day after learning Peay was in the car.
Authorities were looking for Peay, who had an outstanding warrant for first-degree burglary, according to a Lancaster Police Department incident report.

Tamara Nicole Bufford, the driver of the Taurus, failed to stop for the pursuing officer's blue lights and siren. The officer said he saw all of the car's occupants moving around inside.
Bufford, who was driving on S.C. 9  Bypass, slowed down and began to pull over as she got closer to Clinton Avenue, the report said.

“I could see (Peay) in the back seat looking at me and he was getting ready to bail out of the vehicle,” an officer wrote in the report. “The back door opened and Peay exited the vehicle while it was still in motion.”
The officer chased Peay on foot as Peay ran up a hill and into a field. That officer lost sight of Peay, but another officer said he saw Peay running in another field.
The initial officer located Peay and drew his gun, demanding Peay to put his hands up.  He complied and was then arrested, the report said.

Bufford, 27, 514 Kettle Road, was arrested and charged with failure to stop for blue lights and siren and child endangerment. There was a child in the vehicle who is “approximately 2 years old,” the report said.
The mother of the child, who was also in the Taurus, told police that Peay told Bufford not to stop for the blue lights and siren. She was released and not charged in the incident.

When searching the area where Peay jumped from the car, police found a fully-loaded 9mm pistol.
“There was one in the chamber and ready to fire,” the report said.
Peay was also charged with littering and possession of a firearm by a person convicted of a violent crime.
He and Bufford were taken to the Municipal Justice Center, booked and jailed.

Contact reporter Jesef Williams                    at (803) 283-1152