A Lugoff man is facing multiple charges after being accused of stealing a car and taking deputies on a high-speed chase when they attempted to pull him over.
Michael Lee Dotson, 33, is facing charges of grand larceny of a motor vehicle, trafficking methamphetamine, failure to stop for blue lights, driving under suspension and malicious injury to personal property, according a news release by the Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office.
Two Lugoff residents who were in the stolen car with him — 31-year-old Maurice Williams and 26-year-old Kayla Koumas — were also arrested. Both are facing charges of trafficking methamphetamine. Williams was also charged with possession of marijuana.
Dotson is accused of stealing a blue Toyota Camry from a Pilot truck stop on Wednesday, when the owner left the car running while he went to the convenience store to buy something, the release stated. A witness allegedly identified Dotson as the person who stole the car.
Later in the day, Kershaw sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to shoplifting incident in the Town of Elgin; the vehicle involved in the incident matched the description of the stolen Camry.
When deputies attempted to pull over the car, Dotson “fled at a high rate of speed, passing cars on double yellow lines and speeding through intersections,” according to the release.
As they gave chase, deputies said they saw Dotson throw items out the window, the release stated. When forced to slow down at an intersection, Dotson and Williams jumped from the moving car, which crashed into a parked vehicle. Koumas remained inside and was arrested immediately. Deputies also caught up with Dotson and Williams on foot and arrested the two.
All three are being held at the Kershaw County Detention Center.
Cynthia Roldán: @CynthiaRoldan