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Elderly man leads deputies on low-speed chase

Posted: June 27, 2014 1:43 p.m.
Updated: June 30, 2014 5:00 a.m.

Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO) deputies stopped an elderly man in Lee County after a low-speed chase on I-20 following an alert for a reckless driver without headlights on I-20 in Kershaw County.

KCSO deputies were already at I-20 Exit 101 where they had stopped a van coming from Georgia and arrested a convicted felon in possession of a firearm when dispatchers broadcast a “be on the lookout” alert for the reckless driver.

Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews was driving westbound on I-20 at the time and saw the vehicle without lights passing the rest area in the opposite direction. Matthews radioed the deputies at Exit 101 and told them the reckless driver’s location.

The vehicle approached the deputies’ location at Exit 101 a short time later. It left the roadway, went into the emergency lane and nearly hit a KCSO deputy, who jumped out of the way. The vehicle came close enough to the deputy that he could see the driver was a very elderly man.

One of the deputies got behind the vehicle and attempted to stop it. The driver continued eastbound on I-20 and refused to stop, although it did not appear he was actually fleeing. The pursuing deputy, with blue lights and siren activated, continued to follow the elderly man at speeds of only 55 to 60 miles per hour on the 70 mph interstate.

The chase continued for about seven miles into Lee County where, eventually, deputies stopped the man just beyond exit 108 by boxing him in with two patrol cars.


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