A Columbia man is in custody after leading deputies on a dangerous high speed chase on Interstate 20 and causing a three-vehicle accident; all while three children in car seats were in his vehicle.
Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews says the pursuit reached speeds of up to 110 miles per hour Wednesday afternoon northeast of South Carolina's capital city.
Deputies arrested Darius D'Andre Pollard, 24, of Bentley Drive following the chase. He was charged with failure to stop for a blue light, child endangerment and other related traffic charges.
It started when a patrolling deputy attempted to stop a late model Chevrolet Impala driving 92 miles per hour near mile marker 90.
The deputy turned his blue lights and siren on, and eventually caught up to the vehicle.
Pollard then drove away, passing vehicles in the emergency lane and in the grassy median, according to Matthews. On his last attempt to pass a vehicle in the median, he lost control of the vehicle and caused a pickup truck to collide with a tractor-trailer, the sheriff said.
Pollard's vehicle was heavily damaged in the collision and inoperable as it came to rest in the median. Pollard ran away, but was quickly apprehended by the pursuing deputy, Matthews said.
Other deputies quickly arrived on the scene and discovered an infant, a 2-year-old child and a 3-year-old child, all in car seats in the back seat of the vehicle.
EMS was called immediately to check on the children as well as the occupants of the pickup truck that crashed into the retaining wires in the median. The driver of the pickup truck received minor injuries.
At the time, it appeared that none of the children sustained any injuries. All were transported to Kershaw Health for further medical examinations.
"Pollard not only endangered other motorists on I-20 with his high speed and reckless driving, but he put the lives of three innocent children who were in his car in jeopardy with his careless and irresponsible actions," said Matthews. "To make matters worse, after he wrecked he fled on foot and didn't even check on them. I commend the professionalism of our officers in the pursuit as well as in dealing with Pollard and the entire incident which he caused."
Pollard has previous arrests for armed robbery, assault, narcotics violations, contempt of court, resisting arrest, unlawful carrying of a weapon and pointing and presenting a firearm. He is currently on probation for resisting arrest in Sumter County.
Pollard was transported to the Kershaw County Detention Center. His bond was set at $30,800.
Other charges may be brought against Pollard, pending the results of their investigation.
The South Carolina Highway Patrol is investigating the collision.
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