Police Arrrest two at checkpoint

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By Chris Sardelli

A tense moment during a traffic checkpoint which included a passenger pulling a revolver from a glove box, ended with the arrest of two people July 3.
Braydan Shyanne Holloway, 18, of Monroe, and Breante Deon Stevens, 24, 1570 Beacon Road were arrested on a host of drug and firearm charges, according to a Lancaster Police Department incident report.
Holloway was charged with possession of a controlled substance and no driver’s license.
Stevens was charged with possession of a firearm by a person convicted of a violent felony, possession of drug paraphernalia and simple possession of marijuana, the report said.
Police were conducting a public safety checkpoint at the intersection of South Market and Miller streets when they stopped a white Cadillac driven by Holloway just after 10:30 p.m.
When asked for her driver’s license, Holloway said she did not have one and was then arrested. As officers searched Holloway, they found a clear, plastic bag filled with a substance believed to be ecstasy, the report said.
Officers then asked the three passengers who the car belonged to. Stevens, who was sitting in the front passenger seat, said it was his, the report said.
After asking for the car’s registration and insurance, officers watched Stevens rummage through the car while avoiding the glove box, the report said. An officer then told him if he couldn’t produce the paperwork, the car would be towed.
“Stevens then took the keys from the ignition and unlocked the glove box. I observed Stevens reach into the glove box and grab a silver revolver and pull it partially from the glove box,” an officer wrote in the report. “I then pulled my pistol from the holster and aimed it at Stevens telling him to keep his hands where I could see them. Stevens then attempted to conceal the weapon by shoving it further into the glove box.”
The officers then asked him to put his hands up and get out of the car.
Police recovered a loaded .357-caliber magnum pistol from the glove box. When Stevens was searched, officers found a digital scale and a bag  filled with a substance believed to be marijuana.
According to a National Criminal Information Center background check, Stevens had been convicted of several violent felonies and was prohibited from owning a firearm, the report said.
According to Municipal Court records, a $1,000 surety with proof bond was issued on Holloway for the controlled substance charge. She was issued a personal recognizance bond for the driver’s license charge. Stevens was jailed on a $5,000 surety with proof bond for the firearm charge and a $500 personal recognizance bond for the other charges.

Contact reporter Chris Sardelli at (803) 416-8416

Charges and sentences
Stevens has been arrested, charged and sentenced several times in Lancaster County, according to the S.C. Judicial Department online case database.
In August 2005, he pleaded guilty in General Sessions Court to a charge of strong arm robbery linked to a May 2005 arrest, per court records. Stevens, who was 17 at the time, was sentenced to three years in a youthful offender facility under the state’s Youthful Offender Act.
Four years later, in June 2009, Stevens pleaded guilty to two charges stemming from a June 2007 arrest, including attempted robbery and strong arm robbery, per the judicial department. He received a 10-year suspended sentence upon service of three years, followed by five years of probation.
More than a year later, Stevens was rounded up and arrested along with 31 other people during a crime suppression initiative conducted by the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office Drug/Gang Task Force in October 2010. He was charged at the time with simple possession of marijuana, according to a 2010 sheriff’s office press release.
In April 2011, he pleaded guilty to a contraband charge in Magistrate Court, per court records.
According to the judicial database, Stevens also has two pending charges, both from a June 2010 arrest, for unlawful carrying of a pistol and stolen pistol.

Contact reporter Chris Sardelli at (803) 416-8416