Deputy injured when suspect flees traffic stop

Richard Daniel Altman (Source: Kershaw County Sheriff's Department)
Richard Daniel Altman (Source: Kershaw County Sheriff's Department)

KERSHAW COUNTY, SC (WIS) - A Kershaw County deputy was injured Tuesday afternoon while trying to arrest a man found driving a stolen truck.

Sheriff Jim Matthews says a call came in around 5:00 p.m. from a citizen reporting a stolen truck.  Shortly after the call, a deputy saw a truck matching the description and stopped it on Highway 601.

During the stop, Matthews says, 49-year old Richard Daniel Altman attempted to flee and struck the deputy with the stolen truck.

After hitting the deputy, the suspect got the truck stuck in the snow and ran. Altman fled the scene on foot, but was found about an hour later hiding in a dumpster and was arrested.

Matthews says Altman has an extensive criminal record including burglary, auto theft, shoplifting, grand larceny, criminal domestic violence and many other offenses.

The sheriff questioned why Altman was on the streets with so many felony arrests. "The citizens with whom I talk are very frustrated and angry at the justice system that puts these criminals back on the street to continue stealing and breaking into homes and businesses," said Matthews. "We did our job yesterday by catching this guy. Now the courts need to keep him off the streets."

Altman has been charged with larceny of an automobile and assault and battery with intent to kill. He was transported to the Kershaw County Detention Center where he is awaiting a bond hearing.

The deputy suffered minor scrapes and is okay.

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