A Hopkins man led Kershaw County deputies in a high speed chase that ended with a stolen pickup truck and trailer crashing into a house Friday morning.
Deputies responded to calls that a green Ford F-150 pickup truck pulling an enclosed trailer was driving recklessly down Route 601. They tried to pull the truck over, but the driver would not stop and entered onto I-20 toward Columbia, said Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews.
The truck and trailer had been reported stolen at a gas station in Lugoff, and it was being driven at speeds of nearly 100 miles-per-hour by William Rawlinson Taylor, 33, Matthews said. The chase continued on I-20 until The truck exited the interstate at White Pond Road heading toward Elgin.
Taylor made his way into the Stratford Plantation Subdivision where he lost control of the truck, flipping the trailer and crashing into a house , causing minor damage to the structure.
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Fleeing the scene on foot, Taylor tried to catch rides from drivers passing by, but a deputy apprehended him on Heathwood Pond Road.
Taylor has previously been arrested for attempted burglary, hit and run, possession of a stolen vehicle, simple possession of marijuana, escape, shoplifting, strong armed robbery, purse snatching, burglary, grand larceny of a motor vehicle, armed robbery with a deadly weapon, assault and battery with intent to kill, kidnapping and unlawful carrying of a weapon, Matthews said.
He remains in jail pending a bond hearing. His charges include failure to stop for a blue light and grand larceny value $10,000 or more. He will face additional charges for leaving the scene of an accident with property damage, Matthews said.
“Once again we ask ourselves, “Why is this man on the street?” said Matthews. “He continues to violate the law and by leading deputies on a high speed chase, he continues to endanger the public. It is our hope, and it is the expectation of the general public, that repeat offenders stay behind bars.”