Sheriff: convicted felon arrested after high-speed chase ends in crash

Published: Feb. 3, 2015 at 7:12 PM EST|Updated: Mar. 5, 2015 at 9:15 PM EST
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Wood arrest from deputy dashcam (Source: KCSO)
Wood arrest from deputy dashcam (Source: KCSO)

KERSHAW COUNTY, SC (WIS) - A Camden man is under arrest after sheriff's deputies say he led them on a high-speed chase that ended in a crash Monday night.

Stephen Earl Wood Jr., 26, is charged with failure to stop for a blue light and driving without a license. He is awaiting a bond hearing at the Kershaw County Detention Center.

Kershaw County Sheriff James Matthews says a deputy saw Wood's vehicle sitting for an unusually long time at the intersection of Watts Hill Road and Wildwood Lane at about 9:40 p.m. Monday.

The deputy said the passenger in the car got out and closed the trunk. As he walked back to the car, the deputy said he saw him doing something with the front of his pants.  A review of the deputy's dash cam video showed the man drop something on the ground.

As the passenger ran into the woods off Wildwood Lane, Wood sped off toward U.S. 1. Matthews says Wood was speeding and traveling in the wrong lane of traffic. After running a stop sign at Watts Hill Road, Matthews says Wood lost control of the vehicle and crashed. Wood was not injured and he was arrested.

Matthews says Wood has a previous arrest in North Carolina for breaking and entering, possession of stolen goods, arson, kidnapping and assault with a deadly weapon and other charges.

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