Kershaw County, SC (WLTX) - Kershaw County deputies have arrested a man they say led officers on a chase where speeds reached over 100 miles an hour--all while three children were inside his car.
Darius D'Andre Pollard, 24, is charged with failure to stop for a blue light and child endangerment.
Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews says on Wednesday afternoon, a deputy saw Pollard speeding down Interstate 20 at approximately 92 miles an hour.
At the time, officers thought only Pollard was inside the car.
Matthews says Pollard refused to pull over when the officer caught up with him, and sped up to 110 miles an hour. During the pursuit, the sheriff says Pollard drove onto the emergency lane and the grassy median to escape from them. Ultimately, officers say Pollard lost control of his car and collided with two other vehicles.
Matthews says after the car stopped, Pollard ran from the car, but deputies were able to catch him quickly.
When officers began looking inside his vehicle, they found an infant, a 2-year-old, and a 3-year-old, which officers say are all his. Investigators say it appeared none of the children sustained injuries, but they were taken to the hospital for examination.
"Pollard not only endangered other motorists on I-20 with his high speed and reckless driving, but he put the lives of 3 innocent children who were in his car in jeopardy with his careless and irresponsible actions, Matthews said in a statement. "To make matters worse, after he wrecked he fled on foot and didn't even check on them."
Mathews says Pollard was on probation for a case out of Sumter County. Pollard is being held at the Kershaw County Jail.