Crime & Courts

Motorcyclist who led deputy on 150 mph chase is out of jail too soon, sheriff said

Kershaw deputies arrested a 23-year-old Sumter man after he lead them on a 15-mile high speed chase down I-20 during the early morning hours of June 10, Sheriff Jim Matthews said after releasing dashcam video of the deputy’s pursuit.

Thomas Edward Carraway III was charged with speeding, reckless driving, possession of marijuana, no proof of insurance, driving under suspension (3rd offense) failing to stop for blue light and being a habitual offender.

“The public should be relieved to know that this repeat offender is already out of jail and back on the street,” Matthews said with sarcasm on Thursday.

Around 2:30 a.m. June 10, a deputy allegedly clocked Carraway and another motorcyclist speeding east on I-20 at 115 MPH. The two refused to stop when the deputy turned on his blue light to pull them over, Matthews said.

The other motorcyclist, Marco Lorenzo Johnson, 24, of Dalzell, wrecked his bike when he pulled off I-20 at US 601. He faces charges after he recuperates from his injuries, Matthews said.

Carraway continued down I-20 reaching speeds of 150 MPH on his “crotch rocket,” as Matthews characterized the motorcycle he was driving. Carraway stopped near mile marker 101 and was arrested without incident.

Carraway has a long rap sheet with a wide range of charges including grand larceny, DUI, breach of peace, threatening the life of a public official, and contempt of magistrates court, Matthews said.

“Maybe a little jail time would do him some good since leniency has done nothing to make him change his ways,” Matthews said.