Sheriff: Repeat offender leads deputies on chase, crashes into home

Published: Dec. 27, 2014 at 3:53 AM EST|Updated: Jan. 6, 2015 at 3:53 AM EST
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KERSHAW COUNTY, SC (WIS) - Kershaw County deputies arrested 33-year-old William Rawlinson Taylor after stealing a pickup truck with an enclosed trailer and leading deputies on a high-speed chase on Friday morning.

Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews says a deputy patrolling in Lugoff saw the stolen Ford F-150 driving down U.S. Highway 601. After the deputy turned on his blue lights in hopes of making a traffic stop, Taylor fled and made his way onto Interstate 20 heading towards Columbia.

Matthews says the deputy was later alerted that the truck was stolen from a Lugoff gas station. Taylor reportedly reached speeds nearing 100 miles per hour before exiting I-20 onto White Pond Road heading towards Elgin. Matthews says Taylor made his way into the Stratford Plantation where he lost control of the struck, flipping the trailer, and causing the truck to run into a home causing minor damage. Authorities say Taylor fled the scene on foot.

According to Matthews, deputies set up a perimeter and called for the KCSO bloodhound team as Taylor tried to catch a ride from motorists in the area. Taylor was later apprehended after being found walking down Heath Pond Road.

Matthews says Taylor, who is currently on probation, has a lengthy arrest record that dates back to 1997. According to Matthews, Taylor was previously arrested for attempted burglary, hit and run, possession of a stolen vehicle, simple possession of marijuana, escape, shoplifting, strong armed robbery, purse snatching, burglary, grand larceny of a motor vehicle, armed robbery with a deadly weapon, assault and battery with intent to kill, kidnapping and unlawful carrying of a weapon.

Taylor faces charges for failure to stop for a blue light and grand larceny valuing $10,000 or more. Matthews says Taylor will face additional charges for leaving the scene of an accident with property damage.

“Once again,” Sheriff Jim Matthews began, “we ask ourselves, ‘Why is this man on the street?' He continues to violate the law and, by leading deputies on a high speed chase, he continues to endanger the public. It is our hope, and it is the expectation of the general public, that repeat offenders stay behind bars.”

Taylor's bond was set at $80,000, he remains in custody.

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