Kershaw County deputies have charged a man with his fifth DUI after he crashed his vehicle during a pursuit.
William James English, 43, of Lugoff has been charged with his fifth DUI offense, driving under suspension, providing false information to police, open container violation, leaving the scene of an accident and failure to stop for a blue light, according to police.
An officer patrolling US 1 in Lugoff saw a dark colored Ford Expedition cross over the center line of the highway around 1:30 a.m. Sunday and attempted to stop the vehicle, according to Sheriff Jim Matthews.
English fled from the officer and drove through several neighborhoods while trying to escape, Matthews said. During the pursuit, which did not exceed 55 miles per hour, English struck several mailboxes and drove through several yards before losing control and crashing down an embankment.
English was released on bonds of more than $54,000.
“Mr. English’s criminal record speaks for itself. He is a menace to our community and needs to be off the streets. Unfortunately he has already been released on bond,” Sheriff Matthews said. “Although the speeds involved in this pursuit were relatively low, Mr. English drove with total disregard for the safety of the public. I commend the deputy involved in this pursuit for the excellent way in which he handled this situation.”