Columbia Police Department (CPD) North Region officers have arrested a 17-year-old who was seen in Columbia driving a vehicle that was stolen during a reported carjacking case out of Charlotte, NC.
James Oxendine, Junior (DOB: 8-27-2001) faces the following CPD charges:
- Possession of a Stolen Vehicle
- Possession of a Firearm by Person under the Age of 18
- Unlawful Carrying of a Pistol
- Hit and Run
- Reckless Driving
- Failure to Stop for Blue Lights and Sirens
- Failure to Stop on Police Command
- No Driver’s License
CPD officers were notified by Columbia-Richland 9-1-1 dispatchers that the stolen car, a Chevy Maibu from Mecklenburg County, North Carolina was traveling through Columbia.
After listening to the initial information from dispatchers, including a description of the vehicle, CPD officers spotted the car on Norman Street and initiated a traffic stop.
Oxendine is accused of speeding away from the area and failing to stop for police blue lights and sirens. Officers followed Oxendine to the intersection of Farrow and Christian Roads when Oxendine crashed into two brick mailboxes at a senior citizen’s home.
Oxendine ran away from the crash scene and traveled across the street where two officers chased and arrested him. Officers recovered a gun on the ground in close proximity to where he was apprehended.
After the crash, Oxendine was taken to a local hospital as a precaution and has since been released.
The South Carolina Highway Patrol is investigating the collision portion of the incident.
Once charged, Oxendine will be transported and housed at the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center (ASGDC).