Submitted by the Madison County Sheriff’s Office
Madison County Sheriff Ben Stewart reports that on Saturday, July 19, at approximately 8 p.m., a Madison County Sheriff’s Deputy conducted a traffic stop for an equipment violation at the intersection of Base and Priest Streets. The vehicle was a white Chevrolet S-10 pickup. Upon the truck coming to a complete stop, an occupant sat up from the truck bed area, jumped out and fled on foot. The deputy called for assistance and immediately secured the remaining occupants of the vehicle. The deputy further provided a description of the fleeing subject and a direction of travel.
The driver of the truck was identified as Nathaniel Dean of Live Oak, with passengers Jacqueline Duke of Delray Beach, Fl., and Chad Smiley of Live Oak. All three subjects, stated to the deputy, that they did not know the subject who had fled on foot and they had just picked him up. During the traffic stop, other deputies radioed that they had located a subject at the intersections of Boundary and Byrd Street. This suspect fit the description of the suspect who had fled on foot. The deputy who conducted the stop arrived and confirmed the subject as being the one who had jumped from the truck and fled. The subject was identified as James Christopher Whiteside of Rock Hill, S.C.
Canine deputies conducted a search of the exterior of the truck with positive results. A probable cause search of the truck revealed a black tote bag in the truck bed area containing chemicals used to manufacture methamphetamine, paraphernalia to ingest/inject the drug, and methamphetamine products. Whiteside stated that he has been working with the other three occupants for six months and he was supposed to take the bag and run if they got pulled over. Whiteside claimed the bag and its contents and further stated that he ran because he knew he had a warrant for his arrest in South Carolina and had asked the other occupants to lie for him.
Whiteside was charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia, resisting without violence and violation of parole. Nathaniel Dean, Jacqueline Duke and Chad Smiley were all charged with obstruction.