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Man charged for driving on Springdale track

Posted: April 12, 2018 4:48 p.m.
Updated: April 13, 2018 1:00 a.m.
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The Camden Police Department (CPD) and Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO) charged a Camden man with multiple offenses after he reportedly drove on a practice track at Springdale Race Course on Sunday afternoon.

According to a CPD report, officers and deputies charged Myles James Dunne, 38, of Wateree Avenue, Camden. The CPD charged Dunne with reckless driving and leaving the scene of an accident. The KCSO charged him with failing to stop for blue lights.

In the report, officers said they responded to Springdale in response to a call saying a small grey vehicle was joyriding on the race course itself, but later learned Dune had actually driven on the practice track. On the way, dispatchers advised them the vehicle had driven through a locked gate on Liberty Hill Road and that county deputies had located the vehicle and asked for a city officer to come Kershaw Highway and Lafayette Way.

One officer responded to the deputies’ request while another met with the person who had called dispatchers. She said the grey vehicle drove through the locked gate and turned right on to Liberty Hill Road toward Broad Street and that it had narrowly missed colliding with her vehicle. The officer found a grey side mirror on the ground close to the locked gate.

The officer then joined his colleague with deputies on Kershaw Highway where a Kershaw County ambulance was also at the scene. Deputies reported they were charging Dunne, but that he needed to be treated by KershawHealth.

While taking pictures of the vehicle, the CPD officer noticed dirt and grass embedded under the front of the vehicle where most of the damage was located. He reported there was damage along the driver’s side consistent with having driven through the locked gate. The vehicle’s air bag had also deployed.

The officer then returned to Springdale Race Course and drove the property checking for more damage. He located tire tracks on the practice track close to the National Steeplechase Museum. It appeared Dunne’s “joyride” started at the entrance to the museum and continued to the practice course. The tracks then went back toward the museum to a ditch, which had been damaged and contained parts of Dunne’s vehicle. The tracks then made a sharp left turn back to the practice track and onto a gravel roadway. They then continued toward a wooded area and the locked gate at Liberty Hill Road.

The only charge against Dunne listed on the Kershaw County Clerk of Court’s website as of Wednesday afternoon was the KCSO’s charge of failing to stop for blue lights. According to that information, a judge set a cash/surety bond on Monday for $5,000, which was paid later that day by a bail bonding company. Kershaw County Detention Center records do not show that he is currently being detained.

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