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Posted on: September 3, 2019

Pursuit suspects are wanted felons including one for attempted murder of a SC police officer

On July 24th, GPD patrol officers arrested three individuals after they fled from a stolen 2010 Ford F-150 truck following a brief vehicle pursuit and attempted escape on foot in the area of Cleveland Street Extension.

Officers soon learned that the two men were felons and had multiple outstanding warrants to include Attempted Murder of a Police Officer and Weapons Violations by an Escapee from the U.S. Marshals Service.

The three individuals involved in yesterday’s incident are listed below as well as the charges they face.

1. Matthew James Arneson, 28, of 470 Winesap Road in Duncan was the driver of the vehicle. His charges include:

GPD Charges:

• Possession of Stolen Vehicle

• Driving Under Suspension- 3rd Offense

• Fail to stop for blue lights

• Interfering with a police officer

• Reckless Driving

Pending from Pickens County SC:

• Attempted Murder of a Police Officer (Clemson Police Department)

Pending from Fountain Inn City SC

• Unlawful Carry of a weapon

• Drug possession

• False Information to police

• Possession of drug paraphernalia

• Carrying a weapon

2. James Robert Hutson, 29, of 1307 N. Main Street in Greenville was a rear passenger in the vehicle. His charges include:

GPD Charges:

• Interfering with a police officer

• Felon in Possession of firearm

U.S. Marshals Service:

• Weapons violation, Escapee

3. Kirsten Meece, 29, of 640 Lafrance Road in Anderson was a front passenger in the vehicle. Her

charges include:

GPD Charges:

• Interfering with a police officer

• Felon in Possession of firearm

Summary of Events:

The pursuit and subsequent arrests began at approximately 3:47 p.m. after GPD Patrol

Officer A. Sturman observed a suspicious vehicle turn onto S. Pleasantburg Drive. The officer

checked the status of the license plate and learned that the truck had been stolen.

The officer initiated a traffic stop, but the driver fled. Within minutes, the vehicle stopped in

front of the 2000 block of Cleveland St. Extension at which point the driver and two other

occupants attempted to escape on foot.

Officer Sturman was able to apprehend the driver and provide a description of the other two

passengers. Responding patrol units were able to quickly locate and detain Meece, the

female passenger.

A K9 track was conducted by K9 Officer R. Weeks and K9 Leo in the area where the male

passenger (Hutson) was last seen. The suspect was located in a wooded area and was taken

into custody by Officer E. Koepke.

Following the arrests, officers located a loaded AK-47 inside the stolen vehicle.

A GPD patrol car sustained minor damage after the suspect’s truck rolled back into it. SCHP

worked the collision.

On July 25th, a construction worker reported finding a loaded pistol magazine in the 2000

block area of Cleveland Street Extension. This was the same area in which Arneson

attempted to allude capture by GPD patrol officers after abandoning the stolen vehicle.

Officer R. Weeks and K9 Leo conducted a search of the area and located a pistol in some

bushes.

Additional charges are pending for Unlawful Carry of a Firearm for Arneson.

Arneson, Hutson, and Meece remain jailed in the Greenville County Detention Center.

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