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Teen leads deputies on chase in stolen car

Posted: January 20, 2015 5:38 p.m.
Updated: January 21, 2015 1:00 a.m.

Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO) deputies apprehended a 14-year-old Richland County boy early Monday after he reportedly stole a car and led authorities on a chase. According to a KCSO press release, a motorist called 911 around 7:15 a.m. Monday to report the driver of a yellow Ford Mustang was headed east and swerving in and out of traffic on U.S. 1 between Elgin and Lugoff.

A KCSO deputy intercepted the car and attempted to make a traffic stop, but the driver sped away toward Camden, running stoplights and driving off the roadway several times, the press release said. County authorities alerted the Camden Police Department, which deployed spike strips on Springdale Road near Knights Hill Road, ultimately flattening all the Mustang’s tires and forcing the driver to stop.

According to the press release, the driver was uncooperative and deputies had to break one of the car’s windows and use a Taser on the boy twice when he struggled. After getting him under control, deputies learned he had stolen the car around 4 a.m. from Salt Pond Feed and Seed at the intersection of S.C. 34 and Springvale Road near Ridgeway.

Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews said the S.C. Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) refused to take custody of the youth and he was released to his mother. Charges include grand larceny of an auto, failure to stop for blue lights and resisting arrest.

“This young man stole a car, fled from the police, endangering many innocent motorists in the process, and resisted arrest. Since DJJ would not take him we had to turn him over to his mother. I think I will check into this,” Matthews said. “Although he still faces charges in Family Court, it seems to me that he should be in custody.”

Tuesday, Matthews said he learned the 5th Circuit Solicitor’s Office made the recommendation the juvenile be returned to his parents. He said the solicitor’s office claimed it did not the details and severity of the alleged offenses.

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