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Man arrested on drug charges after foot chase

Richard Shedrick Albany (Source: Beaufort County Sheriff's Office) Richard Shedrick Albany (Source: Beaufort County Sheriff's Office)

Richard Shedrick Albany, 30, of Yemassee, was arrested Wednesday evening on multiple charges after fighting with, and injuring, a Beaufort County sheriff's deputy.

Albany was arrested just after 7:30 p.m. in the Hilton Head Gardens apartment complex on charges of fleeing to evade arrest, resisting arrest with officer injury, driving under suspension, possession with intent to distribute marijuana and possession of cocaine.

While deputies were conducting a proactive patrol of the complex, they observed Albany enter the complex driving a gold 2004 Chrysler Sebring. Albany parked his vehicle in front of the 73-80 building and went inside an apartment. Deputies approached his vehicle, which was left unoccupied but still running with the lights on and the music on at a loud volume.

Deputies immediately detected a strong odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle, and a small black pit bull puppy was seen sitting inside the car. Albany then returned to the vehicle and told deputies that the car was his and he had just run inside for a minute.

Albany was initially cooperative with deputies and provided his identification card upon request. When deputies attempted to pat him down for any weapons, Albany suddenly turned and fled on foot. Deputies chases Albany to a chain link fence, which he attempted to scale. As deputies tried to halt Albany's ascent, Albany struck one of the deputies in the face with an elbow, fracturing the deputy's nose.

Deputies were successful in removing Albany from the fence but he continued to actively fight and resist, which lead to deputies deploying a Taser in an attempt to subdue him. Albany was eventually restrained and placed under arrest. Albany and the deputy, Patrol First Class John Duus, 24, were transported to Hilton Head Hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

Deputies then searched Albany's vehicle and recovered quantities of marijuana and cocaine. Albany is currently being held in the Beaufort County Detention Center.

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