An escaped prisoner from South Carolina and his female companion are arrested after bizarre trek up and down Highway 17 in Lavonia. According to Lavonia Police Chief Bruce Carlisle, it all began Tuesday morning in the Shell Station parking lot on Highway 17 South. Carlisle says a concerned citizen noticed a couple in a car acting strangely.
Carlisle says the Lavonia Police Department learned that the male suspect had walked off from a prison work detail in Pickens County, South Carolina, and notified the Pickens County, South Carolina Sheriff’s Office. Investigator Missy Collins says Lavonia Police also learned that the Honda Accord was stolen from a car lot in Pendleton, South Carolina.
The male subject is identified as 35-year-old Jason Bryan Ihnatiuk of Central, SC. His female companion is identified as 27-year-old Leslie Ann Lothery of Central, South Carolina.
Carlise says Ihnatiuk is charged with driving under influence of drugs, driving on a suspended license, possession of a stolen tag, theft by receiving stolen tools, theft by receiving a stolen vehicle, possession of meth amphetamines, and possession of drug related objects.
Lothery is charged with possession of drug-related objects, theft by receiving stolen tools, theft by receiving a stolen vehicle, and hindering the apprehension of a criminal. Both Ihnatiuk and Lothery remain in the Franklin County Detention Center awaiting a bond hearing and extradition process.
Charges are pending in South Carolina.