A man has been arrested after he led Kershaw County deputies on a 102 mile per hour chase on Interstate 20.
Joshua Ryan Payton, 26, has been charged with speeding 25 miles or above over the speed limit, driving under suspension, failure to stop for a blue light, possession with intent to distribute marijuana (third offense) and possession of cocaine base (third offense).
Deputies clocked Payton driving a gold-colored Dodge Charger at 102 miler per hour on I-20 on Sunday afternoon, according to Sheriff Jim Matthews. Deputies pursued Payton who continued to drive at a high rate of speed while passing motorists in the emergency lane.
Two deputies then began to pursue Payton for about a mile before he exited I-20 at exit 101, Matthews said. After he exited the interstate, Payton lost control of his vehicle and ran into a concrete median divider.
While Payton’s vehicle was still moving, he jumped out and fled on foot, Matthews said. Deputies were able to run Payton down, but had to deploy a Taser when he turned and acted in an aggressive manner.
Deputies discovered two ounces of marijuana, two grams of crack and another substance that has yet to be identified in Payton’s car, Matthews said.
There was another person in the vehicle with Payton who did not flee, Matthews said. That individual was identified and released.
Payton has previous arrests for numerous narcotics violations, failure to stop for a blue light, driving without a license, minor in possession of alcohol, giving false information, possession of a firearm by a convicted violent felon and driving under suspension, Matthews said.