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KCSO arrests man after I-20 chase and crash with children in car

Posted: June 5, 2014 4:27 p.m.
Updated: June 6, 2014 5:00 a.m.

Darius Pollard

Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO) deputies arrested a Columbia man Wednesday following a high speed chase on I-20 that resulted in an accident.

Sheriff Jim Matthews identified the arrested man as Darius D’Andre Pollard, 24, of Bentley Drive, Columbia. In a press release, Matthews said deputies charged Pollard with failing to stop for blue lights, child endangerment and other traffic violations. He may face further charges from the S.C. Highway Patrol (SCHP).

Matthews said Pollard had three small children in his car when a KCSO deputy patrolling I-20 near mile marker 90 caught him driving eastbound at 92 miles per hour. The deputy attempted to stop Pollard, who fled at speeds of up to 110 miles per hours. Other deputies responded as well, including one who positioned himself at mile marker 98 with a tire deflation device.

Matthews said Pollard recklessly passed other vehicles in the emergency lane and on the grassy median. On his last attempt to pass on the median, Pollard lost control, causing a pickup truck to collide with a tractor-trailer truck, causing heavy damage to his own car. Pollard stopped in the median and fled on foot, but was quickly apprehended and arrested.

Deputies reported finding three children: an infant and 2- and 3-year-old children in the car, all strapped into car seats. EMS checked on the children and the occupants of the pickup truck that crashed into the retaining wires in the median. The driver only sustained minor injuries, and it appeared none of the children were hurt, Matthews said. All were transported to KershawHealth, however, for further medical examinations. Deputies took Pollard to the Kershaw County Detention Center where he is awaiting a bond hearing.

SCHP troopers were called to the scene and are investigating the three-vehicle accident. Troopers may file additional charges again Pollard pending the results of their investigation.

“Pollard not only endangered other motorists on I-20 with his high speed and reckless driving, but he put the lives of three innocent children who were in his car in jeopardy with his careless and irresponsible actions,” Matthews said. “To make matters worse, after he wrecked, he fled on foot and didn’t even check on them. I commend the professionalism of our officers in the pursuit as well as in dealing with Pollard and the entire incident which he caused.”

Matthews said the KCSO traffic unit is a valuable asset on county roads and I-20.

“That was the same team that caught the murder suspect out of Anderson County on I-20 on Memorial Day weekend,” Matthews said in an interview Thursday morning. “That area is known for aggressive driving. He (Pollard) was in and out of traffic and driving like an idiot. It was an act of God that those children weren’t injured. The dash-cam footage from the pursuing deputy’s car showed the crash. It was a violent impact.”

Matthews said Pollard has previous arrests for armed robbery, assault, narcotics violations, contempt of court, resisting arrest, unlawful carrying of a weapon and pointing and presenting a firearm.  He is currently on probation for resisting arrest in Sumter County.


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