KERSHAW COUNTY, SC (WIS) - The Kershaw County Sheriff's Office released dash cam video Wednesday showing the pursuit and arrest of a driver caught driving 130 mph down Interstate 20.
This was the second of two arrests made over the weekend for driving over the speed limit. The Kershaw County Sheriff's Office arrested 24-year-old Saul Timothy Kent and 18-year-old Zachary Sanford Daniel.
According to Sheriff Jim Matthews, Kent was driving 120 mph near mile marker 105 when he was pulled over by a deputy. Matthews said the deputy smelled marijuana in the car, but no narcotics were found. Deputies say Kent told them he was driving so quickly because he was trying to get home to see a sick relative.
Just 20 minutes later, deputies attempted to pull over Daniel, who was driving at 130 mph near mile marker 102. They say he then sped up to about 140 mph.
Matthews said when Daniel was finally pulled over, Daniel told the deputy he has just received the car as a graduation gift and wanted to see what it could do.
Both were booked at the Kershaw County Detention Center. The penalty for driving 25+ mph above the speed limit is a $445 fine and six points added to the offender's driver's license.
This is the second time in two weeks deputies have caught two different people driving more than 120 miles an hour down this stretch of interstate.
The Sheriff's Office has made traffic patrol a priority since creating a special unit in 2011.
Lieutenant Scott Myers says speed enforcement along I-20 is a priority, mentioning the dozens of crosses marking the locations of fatal collisions.
"These accidents could've been prevented. There's always some factor whether it was speed related, alcohol related, changing lanes unlawfully, when you change lanes in the path of somebody else, or you're just even driving fatigued. Those are collisions, they're not accidents," said Myers.
While roadway fatalities were up in 2015, 18 from 12 the year before, alcohol related fatalities were down, which Myers says has been a big focus for the traffic patrol unit.