Lexington high speed chase leads to road death

April 29, 2013 

A motorist fleeing a Lexington County Sheriff’s Deputy died in an early Monday morning chase near Pelion, the S.C. Highway Patrol reported Monday.

The single-vehicle crash on Founders Road happened shortly before 2 a.m. on Founders Road, about four miles east of Pelion, said Trooper Tony Keller.

The fleeing motorist’s 1995 Ford Taurus ran off the right side of the road and struck a utility pole, killing the motorist, he said.

The driver, whom the sheriff’s department identified as Ellis Scarborough, 46, was not wearing a seat belt.

Lexington County Sheriff James Metts gave his department’s version of events in a statement:

Early Monday morning, “deputies encountered Scarborough driving on Clermont Lakes Drive and attempted to conduct a traffic stop on Scarborough's motor vehicle. Scarborough refused to stop his vehicle, causing the patrol supervisor to conduct a pursuit of Scarborough's vehicle,” Metts said.

Deputies had been on the lookout for Scarborough, who was wanted in connection with an assault that Scarborough committed shortly before on a 47-year-old woman who is a friend of Scarborough. He had punched and kicked a woman in the face at her home on Clermont Lakes Drive, Metts said.

That assault had been reported to deputies, who responded to the area and that’s when they encountered Scarborough and the pursuit began. The South Carolina Highway Patrol and Lexington County Coroner's Office are investigating the motor vehicle collision in which Scarborough died, Metts said.

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