Sheriff: 'Act of God' Those Kids Weren't Injured

Kershaw County, SC (WLTX) - Bond has been set at $30,000 for a man who deputies say led officers on a high-speed chase while his kids were in the car.

Darius Pollard, 24, appeared in court late Thursday afternoon.

Officers arrested Pollard Wednesday after a dramatic incident that was caught on a Kershaw County deputy's dash cam recorder. Previous Coverage: Deputies say man drives 110 MPH with Kids in Car

It all started when an officers says he closed Pollard going 92 miles an hour on Interstate 20 East around 5 p.m.

"You just never know what you're getting involved in when you get in a chase," Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews said. "When they activated the blue lights and siren, he took off," Matthews says.

In the video, you can see the car weaving in and out of traffic. Eventually, officers say it reached speeds up to 110 MPH.

"He ultimately tried to pass a pick-up truck in the median and in so doing he lost control, which was not unexpected," Matthews said. "When he did he pushed the pick-up truck in front of a tractor trailer and then he lost it and got in front of the tractor trailer. It was a pretty violent accident."

The pick-up truck driver had minor injuries and deputies soon found out that three small children were in Pollard's backseat.

"It was, I think, an act of God that those kids weren't injured," Matthews said. "The way the collision took place, instead of being thrown forward they were pressed up against the seat and so there was no place for them to go, so they remained in their seats which was extremely fortunate."

Emergency crews took the infant, 2-year-old and 3-year-old to the hospital to be checked out. They have been returned to their mother's custody.

Pollard will be charged with failure to stop for blue lights and child endangerment. Deputies say more charges could be added.

Matthews says Pollard has a long rap sheet that includes charges of assault, armed robbery and narcotics violations.

He's currently on probation for resisting arrest in Sumter County.


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