SUMTER, SC (WIS) - The driver of the car involved in a chase involving a deputy in Sumter Friday night has been arrested. That car chase ended with the driver plowing through a barricade at a street party on Main Street.
Deputies say 29-year-old Roger Mullins was charged with failure to stop for a blue light and driving under suspension, first offense.
According to Sumter County Sheriff's spokesman Ken Bell, the chase began at about 8:30 p.m. when a Sumter deputy tried to initiate a traffic stop on Manning Avenue for a seatbelt violation. Mullins sped off once the deputy turned on his blue lights.
The driver crossed over the bridge heading toward the location of the 4th Friday celebration on Main Street, striking a barricade, and then taking off on foot towards a hospital. Deputies say no one was injured in that crash.
Witnesses told deputies they believed they saw the man run into a parking garage at the hospital. Deputies say after searching the garage, they were confident he was not in it.
As the chase was happening deputies say one of their units on the way to assist with the chase, wrecked with two vehicles on the corner of Washington Street and Liberty Street. No injuries were reported in that collision and the South Carolina Highway Patrol is investigating.
Deputies say they received information later Friday night on where Mullins was hiding. He was arrested at a Virginia Street home around 11 p.m.
Sumter County Sheriff Anthony Dennis said he appreciated the assistance from the Sumter Police Department and Sumter residents in helping to locate Mullins.
"If not for our law-abiding citizens telling us where Mr. Mullins had fled, he might have gotten away," Anthony said. "Once Mr. Mullins chose to crash through the barricade and flee on foot, our deputies worked diligently to apprehend him. This is a good example of law enforcement and the community working as one for the betterment of Sumter."
Mullins is being held in the Sumter-Lee Regional Detention Center.