Man Leads Deputies on Slow-Speed Pursuit

Kershaw County, SC (WLTX) - Kershaw County deputies say a disoriented elderly man led them on a slow-speed pursuit down Interstate 20.

Deputies were making an arrest at the 101 mile marker on I-20 Thursday night when they got a call of a reckless driver on the highway.

Sheriff Jim Matthews says he happened to be on that stretch of road, and saw the car in question driving down the road without lights. Matthews say when the car approached the area where deputies were making the arrest, it left the road and went into an emergency lane, nearly hitting an officer.

Deputies then began pursuing the vehicle. The driver didn't stop on command, but officers it appeared the vehicle wasn't trying to get away. At the time, the car was traveling between 55 and 60 miles an hour, lower than the 70 mile an hour limit.

After a seven mile pursuit, a second deputy was able to get in front of the man's vehicle and stop it.

When officers looked inside, they say they found a 92-year-old man. Officers eventually determined that he left an assisted living facility and had recently bought the car.

His family was called to come pick him up, and Matthews says he doesn't face any charges.


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