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KCSO arrests N.C. fugitive after multi-county pursuit

Posted: July 23, 2018 4:07 p.m.
Updated: July 24, 2018 1:00 a.m.
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Michael G. Pruitt

Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO) deputies arrested a county man wanted by Mecklenburg County, N.C., authorities following a multi-county pursuit on July 17.

According to a KCSO press release issued Monday, deputies arrested Michael G. Pruitt, 28, of Roberts Road, Kershaw, and charged him with failing to stop for a blue light and driving under suspension. Deputies discovered Pruitt is wanted by Mecklenburg County for failing to appear for weapons violations.

KCSO Chief Deputy Jack Rushing said in the press release that deputies acted on a tip from a concerned citizen about the outstanding North Carolina charges against Pruitt. Rushing said KCSO traffic enforcement deputies patrolled an area in northern Kershaw County where Pruitt was likely to be. At about 8:15 p.m. July 17, deputies spotted Pruitt driving a silver-colored Chevrolet Malibu, accompanied by a female passenger.

Deputies attempted to stop Pruitt, who increased his speed and fled, leading deputies on a chase through parts of Kershaw, Lancaster and Chesterfield counties and then back into Kershaw County. The chase lasted approximately 20 minutes. At one point, Pruitt lost control and ran into a ditch. While attempting to drive out of the ditch, Pruitt’s vehicle struck a Kershaw County patrol car. A second deputy intentionally ran his patrol vehicle into the side of the vehicle, pinning Pruitt inside.

Pruitt and his female passenger were removed from the vehicle. Neither of them sustained any injuries, nor did any of the officers, and vehicle damage was minimal. Once Pruitt was handcuffed, he advised deputies that he ran because he knew there were outstanding warrants on him from North Carolina. The S.C. Highway Patrol was called to the scene to investigate the collision.

According to the KCSO press release, Pruitt has previously been arrested for alcohol violations, criminal domestic violence, failure to appear, criminal domestic violence high and aggravated, reckless driving, unlawful carrying of a weapon (multiple offenses), possession of drug paraphernalia (not for marijuana), possession of marijuana and possession of a stolen firearm.

Pruitt remains incarcerated in the Kershaw County Detention Center on a $10,647.00 cash bond set by a county magistrate for the two local charges.

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