NYE Checkpoints

NYE Oconee County Checkpoints
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Official News Release from the Oconee County Sheriff's Office:

(Seneca, SC)  During a time period covering approximately 24 hours of work on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day, the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office P.A.C.E. (Pro-Active Criminal Enforcement) team along with two road patrol deputies, one Oconee County Sheriff’s Office reserve deputy and three South Carolina State Constables conducted three traffic safety checkpoints in the county. 

Two of the checkpoints occurred in the Westminster area, with one taking place at Mountain Road at Clearmont Road and the other at Toccoa Highway at Hobson Street. 

The third checkpoint occurred near Seneca at Shiloh Road at JP Stevens Road.

The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office is releasing these statistics by categories related to citations and/or charges filed as a result of the traffic safety checkpoint enforcement:

DUI: 1

Driving under Suspension: 5

Open Container Violations: 3

Driver License Violations: 1

Seat Belt Violations: 1

Child Restraint Violations: 4

Misdemeanor Drug Charges: 9

Felony Drugs: 3

Vehicle Violations: 2

Reckless Driving: 2

Fugitive Apprehended: 2

Minors in Possession of Alcohol: 5

Miscellaneous or Other Violations: 7


As a result of the traffic safety checkpoint enforcement, the following individuals were arrested:

Austin Bradley Nichols

21 year old Austin Bradley Nichols

Seneca, SC

One count of Driving under the Influence

One count of Open Container in a Vehicle

Nichols was arrested on January 1st, 2020 at checkpoint location on Shiloh Road at JP Stevens Road and released on January 1st on a $992.00 personal recognizance bond


Zachary David Fields

25 year old Zachary David Fields

Westminster, SC

One Count of Possession with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine

One Count of Driving under Suspension (Outstanding Warrant)

Fields was arrested on January 1st, 2020 at checkpoint location on Shiloh Road at JP Stevens Road

At this time, Fields remains in custody at the Oconee County Detention Center on a $52,100.00 surety bond


Tarran Shane Boggs

19 year old Tarran Shane Boggs

West Union, SC

One Count of Simple Possession of Marijuana

One Count of Possession of Methamphetamine

One Count of Furnishing or Attempting to Furnish Contraband into a Detention Center

Boggs was arrested January 1st, 2020 at checkpoint location on Shiloh Road at JP Stevens Road

Boggs was released from the Detention Center on January 1st, 2020 on a combined $15,615.00 personal recognizance bond


Kevin Lane Campbell

51 year old Kevin Lane Campbell

Seneca, SC

One outstanding Magistrate’s Bench Warrant – Driving under Suspension