S.C. Highway Patrol looking for driver who refused to pull over in Forest Acres

akflanagan@thestate.comNovember 8, 2013 

— Law enforcement officials are looking for a driver who refused to pull over Friday morning for S.C. Highway Patrol troopers.

Lance Cpl. David Jones said a trooper tried to stop a vehicle allegedly speeding on Garners Ferry Road around 8:32 a.m.

“The driver turned on his flashers and slowed down, but never stopped,” Jones said.

The trooper continued to follow the driver, who was obeying all traffic laws, into Forest Acres city limits, Jones said.

Columbia police spokesman Jennifer Timmons said a police car joined in the pursuit into Forest Acres.

Once at the Walmart on Forest Drive, Jones said, the driver got onto I-77 northbound toward Charlotte, then sped up and started to swerve when troopers tried to pull up next to him.

“Once the driver got onto the interstate, his driving became a public risk. The safety of other drivers is our first priority, so the decision was made to call it off,” he said.

Jones said the patrol is investigating and continuing its search for the driver.

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