Authorities searching for driver who crashed into home

Published: Oct. 23, 2013 at 8:22 PM EDT|Updated: Nov. 2, 2013 at 8:22 PM EDT
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Eberhart mug from March 2013. (Source: Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center)
Eberhart mug from March 2013. (Source: Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center)

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - Authorities have issued an arrest warrant for the driver who crashed into a Columbia home Wednesday afternoon.

James Eberhart, 28, is wanted for failure to stop for a blue light and for not having a driver's license.

The South Carolina Highway Patrol was conducting a traffic safety check point on Bluff Road in the Olympia community around 3:30 p.m. when Eberhart didn't provide a driver's license, authorities said.

When the highway patrol determined the driver was operating the vehicle illegally, the driver fled the scene then a short pursuit ensued. But shortly after the pursuit started, the supervisor called it off, authorities said.

A few minutes later the highway patrol was notified by Columbia police that a driver lost control and crashed into the front of a home near Rice and Pickens streets, authorities said.

The highway patrol determined it was the same vehicle that fled the traffic safety point.

After the crash, the driver fled the scene, witnesses tell WIS.

The Columbia Fire Department was able to quickly extinguish a fire at the home that started as a result of the crash.

Witnesses say two USC students live at the home, but were not there at the time of the crash.

No injuries have been reported at this time.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Eberhart is asked to call Crimestoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC.

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