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Hartsville man arrested near Bethune after eluding officers

Posted: January 17, 2015 11:37 a.m.
Updated: January 19, 2015 1:00 a.m.

Brian Jesse Smith


Fifteen Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO) deputies worked together to track down a Hartsville man who fled on foot following a high speed chase in Kershaw and Lee counties.

A KCSO report said a Traffic Unit deputy clocked 23-year-old Brian Jesse Smith, of Bullard Ford Road, Hartsville, driving at 82 mph in a 55 mph zone on Bethune Road near Stagecoach Road. The deputy reported Smith increased to 100 mph as he passed a tractor-trailer truck.

The deputy tried to stop Smith, who ignored blue lights and siren and sped away.

The chase reportedly ended about one mile into Lee County when Smith drove his 2001 Chevrolet Malibu into a field and got stuck in the mud. The deputy reported Smith then ran away on foot into nearby woods. Having gotten a good look at the suspect, the deputy shared Smith’s description, including what he was wearing, with other deputies who converged on the area. Responders included the KCSO Bloodhound Unit.

According to the report, two passing motorists told deputies they saw a man of Smith’s description near the woods along Bethune Road. A deputy spotted Smith and gave chase on McKinnon Road; deputies apprehended Smith shortly afterward, the report said.

The KCSO report listed charges as speeding 100 mph in a 55 mph zone; driving under suspension, fourth offense; failure to stop for blue lights; and being an habitual offender. Online court records for the South Carolina 5th Judicial Court Circuit listed only the speeding charge, for which a bond of $445 had been set, and driving under suspension, with a bond of $2,105. As of Friday, Smith was not on the list of inmates for the Kershaw County Detention Center, usually an indicator that bond has been posted.

KCSO Chief Deputy Marvin Brown said the habitual offender charge was related to a warrant from Chesterfield County. Brown said Smith might have been taken to Chesterfield County if he made bond in Kershaw County.

A Chesterfield County Detention Center employee said there was no record of Smith being detained there.



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