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Eastover man arrested after high speed chase, wreck

Posted: December 3, 2018 5:12 p.m.
Updated: December 4, 2018 1:00 a.m.
Provided by the Kershaw County Sheriff's Office/

Adam Lyles

Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO) deputies arrested Adam Wayne Lyles, 32, of Eastover, after a high speed chase into Richland County that ended with Lyles wrecking the Honda Accord he was driving. According to a KCSO report, deputies charged Lyles with failing to stop for blue light, meth possession and driving under suspension.

Around 10 p.m. Nov. 28, a deputy patrolling the Lugoff area observed the Accord being driven with a headlight out. The deputy initiated a traffic stop on U.S. 601 near U.S. 1 intended to advise the driver -- later identified as Lyles -- of the faulty headlight and letting him go with only a warning ticket. However, when the deputy asked Lyles for his license, he became “visibly nervous to the point of crying,” officials said in the press release.

Lyles reportedly told the deputy he did not have a driver’s license, that he was not going to jail and that the deputy would have to shoot him in order to take him into custody. Lyles then reportedly sped away and the deputy pursued. The chase proceeded down U.S. 601 and then onto U.S. 378 in Richland County before switching to other secondary roads.

A second deputy joined in the pursuit, which ended when Lyles crashed the Honda into a tree and fled on foot. The Accord caught fire and burned. Both deputies chased Lyles down and took him into custody after a brief physical confrontation.

After arresting him, the deputies found a small quantity of suspected meth in Lyles’ shirt pocket. Lyles was treated at the scene for injuries sustained in the collision and was transported to Kershaw Health hospital before being taken to the Kershaw County Detention Center.

“Once again a motorist escalates a simple ticket into a much more serious and dangerous offense.” Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews said in the press release. “It’s no surprise that drugs were somehow involved … smh.”

According to the KCSO, Lyles has previously been arrested for distribution, sale, manufacturing or possession with intent to distribute drugs near a school; three charges of manufacturing, possession with intent to distribute drugs and driving without a license.

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