Monday Chase in Stephens Co. Leads to One Arrest

Stephens County authorities have an Oconee County, South Carolina woman in custody after a cross-state chase earlier this week.

According to Stephens County Sheriff Randy Shirley, the chase took place Monday night and started across the river in Oconee County.

“Oconee County Sheriff’s deputies were involved in a high-speed chase that came into Stephens County on 123,” said Shirley. “It continued onto Jarrett Manor Road and ended on Hughes Road, just off Jarrett Manor. The driver of the automobile fled on foot.”

Shirley went on to say that his deputies then arrived on scene to assist in the search for the suspect.

“We were already closing in on the chase, so we were able to set up a perimeter around the area,” said Shirley. “The suspect had knocked on doors of a couple of neighbors off the Jarrett Manor Road area. We called the K-9 unit from the Alto prison and after about an hour, hour and a half search, the canines located the individual just off the roadway.”

According to the sheriff, authorities took 33-year-old Jessica Lee Wilbanks of Westminster, South Carolina into custody in the woods just off of Riverdale Road without incident.

Shirley said Wilbanks remains in the Stephens County Jail, awaiting extradition back to Oconee County to face charges there.

“She was wanted in connection with two counts of grand larceny and the theft of some tractors in their county,” said Shirley.

The sheriff said that Oconee County authorities are seeking another individual in connection with the thefts, but Shirley says that individual is not believed to be in Stephens County.