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Sheriff: `Menace` charged with 5th DUI after crashing during police pursuit

Published: Dec. 1, 2014 at 10:26 PM EST|Updated: Dec. 11, 2014 at 10:26 PM EST
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William James English (Source: Kershaw County Sheriff's Office)
William James English (Source: Kershaw County Sheriff's Office)
An image from Sunday morning's pursuit. (Source: Kershaw County Sheriff's Office)
An image from Sunday morning's pursuit. (Source: Kershaw County Sheriff's Office)

KERSHAW COUNTY, SC (WIS) - The Kershaw County Sheriff's Office arrested and charged 43-year-old William James English with his fifth DUI offense, driving under suspension, providing false information to police, open container violation, leaving the scene of an accident and failure to stop for a blue light.

Authorities say they saw English driving a dark-colored Ford Expedition on U.S. Highway 1 during early morning hours on Sunday. After seeing English cross the center line of the road, the deputy tried to stop the vehicle.

English, however, fled from the officer and drove through several neighborhoods while trying to escape. Going no more than 55 miles per hour during the pursuit, English struck several mailboxes and drove through yards of several residences before losing control of the vehicle and crashing into an embankment.

English would be detained and treated on the scene for minor injuries from the accident.

Authorities say the Lugoff native has been in trouble since 1990 and has previous arrests for assault and battery, possession of beer by a minor, distribution of crack cocaine, resisting arrest with a deadly weapon, resisting arrest with assault on an officer, open container, criminal domestic violence of a high and aggravated nature, trespassing, arson, grand larceny, littering, possession of cocaine, discharging a firearm into a dwelling, possession of a weapon during a violent crime, multiple counts of criminal domestic violence, multiple counts of assault and battery with intent to kill, multiple counts of assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature, multiple counts for failure to stop for a blue light, as well as multiple counts of DUS and DUI.

"Mr. English's criminal record speaks for itself," Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews said. "He is a menace to our community and needs to be off the streets. Unfortunately, he has already been released on bond. Although the speeds involved in this pursuit were relatively low, Mr. English drove with total disregard for the safety of the public. I commend the deputy involved in this pursuit for the excellent way in which he handled this situation."

English was released on bonds totaling over $54,000.

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