Lancaster men face multiple charges after pointing gun at driver in Pageland

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Gary Phillips, Pageland Progressive Journal

PAGELAND – Two Lancaster men, one a city firefighter, were arrested in Chesterfield County earlier this month on multiple charges.

According to a Chesterfield County Sheriff’s Department incident report, Jay Thomas Rivers, 20, 5496 Pageland Highway, and Jason Damon Sanders, 22, 1848 Sunny Lane, were arrested Aug. 10 in Pageland on charges of pointing a firearm, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Rivers’ occupation is listed as a firefighter for the City of Lancaster in the report filed by Deputy First Class Lee Lewis, although no employment information was listed for Sanders.

The charges were filed after a 20-year-old woman called 911 to report someone pointing a gun at her. The woman said she was driving on S.C. 9 Bypass, when she was passed by another vehicle and one of the occupants pointed a pistol at her.

The 911 dispatcher stayed on the phone with the woman until the vehicles entered the Pageland town limits. The report said Lewis stopped the car on McGregor Street. Deputy Graig Burns, who responded to the scene to assist, reported smelling marijuana in the men’s vehicle.

During a search of the car, deputies found a pistol in the center console that matched the description given by the woman, the report said.

A sheriff’s canine unit was summoned to the scene and a “green leafy substance” was discovered in a fishing tackle box in the car’s back seat, according to the report.