clear
Wednesday September 2nd, 2015 6:33AM

Man tasered in Banks County linked to Greenville murder

By Rob Moore Reporter
Related Articles
HOMER - A man who struggled with Banks County deputies on the side of Interstate 85 during a traffic stop Monday morning now is being held for South Carolina authorities.

Darrin Terrell Eskew of Greenville, S.C., "became argumentative and combative" with Banks County officers during the traffic stop on the northbound side of I-85, said Banks County Sheriff's Sgt. Carissa McFaddin. "Eskew attempted to strike one deputy in the face, at which time an extensive struggle ensued in which a taser was deployed."

In Banks County, Eskew was charged with two counts of felony obstruction of an officer and miscellaneous traffic charges, McFaddin said.

Investigative work by Banks County deputies both during and after the traffic stop led them to South Carolina, where a woman - believed to be the registered owner of the vehicle - had been found dead in an explosion at a motel.

"Deputies were advised that the vehicle Eskew was driving returned to a female from Traveler's Rest, S.C.," McFaddin said. "In attempts to confirm the stattus of the vehicle, deputies were advised the vehicle was possibly linked to a crime scene involving an explosion and the discovery of the body of a female at Quality Inn in Greenville, S.C."

McFaddin said officers stopped the vehicle driven by Eskew for impeding traffic and a non-functioning brake light, but his behavior led them to further investigation.

"As deputies approached the man, they observed that his behavior was erratic and unpredictable," McFaddin said. "Due to the driver's demeanor, deputies began to conduct a roadside investigation into the possibility of the driver being under the influence."

That's when Eskew became argumentative and combative, leading to the Banks County incident, she said.

Eskew is being held in the Banks County Jail pending further investigation by the Banks County Sheriff's Office Criminal Investigative Division, Georgia Bureau of Investigation and Greenville County Homicide Division, McFaddin said.

WYFF TV in Greenvile reports the 9-1-1 call to report a possible explosion in a room at Quality Inn and Suites, on South Pleasantburg Drive near Mauldin Road, was received about 5:30 a.m. Monday.
© Copyright 2015 AccessWDUN.com
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
Grass fire impacts rush hour traffic on 985
Rush hour traffic on I-985 was slowed by a grass fire Wednesay afternoon with one lane closed while firefighters fought the blaze.
10:19PM ( 8 months ago )
Judge denies motions to move, delay Tsarnaev trial
Lawyers for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev asked a federal appeals court Wednesday to overturn a judge's decision to not move his upcoming trial out of state.
10:02PM ( 8 months ago )
Sheriff: Man shot 2 on I-85 because he wanted car
A 22-year-old man shot two people who stopped to give him a ride on Interstate 85 in South Carolina on Christmas Eve because he wanted their car to drive to Georgia, a sheriff said Wednesday.
5:21PM ( 8 months ago )
Local/State News
Police: Tip leads to new search for teen missing since 2007
Investigators hope a recent tip could help lead them to the body of a Georgia college student who went missing almost 8 years ago.
By Associated Press
5:13AM ( 1 hour ago )
Pedestrian struck, killed at Banks Crossing
The Georgia State Patrol confirms a pedestrian died after being struck by a large truck at Banks Crossing Tuesday night.
12:04AM ( 6 hours ago )
China leads Asian stock markets lower after poor factory data reinforce investor nervousness
HONG KONG (AP) — Asian stocks extended a global market sell-off Wednesday as poor manufacturing data from the world's two biggest economies dampened investor sentiment.KEEPING SCORE: The Shanghai Comp...
11:03PM ( 7 hours ago )
Gainesville City Council has short fuse on new fireworks law
The Gainesville City Council voted unanimously Tuesday evening to exercise the limited influence left under their jurisdiction by the General Assembly in the spectrum of consumer fireworks.
10:26PM ( 8 hours ago )
Senate GOP leader says it will take new president to end Planned Parenthood's federal funding
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate's top Republican is conceding that his party will have to await the next president before it can cut off federal funds that go to Planned Parenthood, prompting heated rebuffs from conservatives.
9:14PM ( 9 hours ago )