A drug suspect jumped out of a moving vehicle Thursday night at the busy Manchester Village shopping center in Rock Hill.
At about 8:15 p.m., while working I-77, officers with the York County Multijurisdictional Drug Enforcement Unit stopped a 2014 Toyota Camry rental car with Tennessee tags at the Dave Lyle Boulevard off ramp for speeding.
The driver, identified as Gary Snow, 46, of Rembert, stepped out of the vehicle. But then the passenger jumped behind the steering wheel and sped away, said Marvin Brown, commander of the YCMDEU.
“The officers chased the rental car with blue lights and sirens activated,” Brown said in an email.
The rental car turned into the shopping center and sped through the parking lot. The suspect then jumped from the moving vehicle and ran. The car continued to roll and ran over the curb.
“The shopping center was very busy and several persons witnessed the event,” Brown said.
The suspect then reportedly threw a kilogram of cocaine into the bush line behind a business. Officers recovered the kilogram of cocaine and seized approximately $2,000 in cash.
After a chase, police arrested Gregory Lee Hunter, 32, of Rembert. He was charged with trafficking cocaine and failure to stop for a police vehicle, Brown said.
Snow was also charged with trafficking cocaine.
Both men have three prior drug convictions. They were were transported to the York County Detention Center, where bond has been denied.
The current price for a kilogram of cocaine, Brown says, is $40,000. It retails for an average street value of $100 a gram, totaling $100,000.