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Police chase through 2 Midlands counties reaches speeds of 100 mph on I-20, cops say

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One out of three police chases end in death or injury in South Carolina.

A police chase through two Midlands counties on Monday reached speeds of more than 100 mph before ending at a construction site in Kershaw County, according to authorities.

The pursuit began in Richland County but went east down Interstate 20 into Kershaw County at speeds of more than 100 mph, according to the Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office, whose deputies assisted when the chase entered their jurisdiction.

The burgundy Mercedes exited the interstate at Exit 87 in Elgin, where it traveled down S.C. 12 toward Lugoff and returned to I-20 at Exit 92 and exited again at Exit 98, according to the sheriff’s office. The car continued north on U.S. 521 and through a construction site on York Street in Camden, where the driver got out and ran away on foot behind a vacant business on a closed section of the street.

Deputies arrested the man at a tire shop on Mill Street, the sheriff’s office said. Inside the car, they found “a large amount” of illegal drugs.

The suspect, his car and the drugs were turned over to Richland County deputies. Additional details about the incident, including the suspect’s identity and what prompted the chase, were not immediately available Monday afternoon.

Teddy Kulmala covers breaking news for The State and covered crime and courts for seven years in Columbia, Rock Hill, Aiken and Lumberton, N.C. He graduated from Clemson University and grew up in Barnwell County.