Multi-county pursuit leads to arrest of NC fugitive in Kershaw

Multi-county pursuit leads to arrest of NC fugitive in Kershaw

The Kershaw County Sheriff's Office arrested a wanted man after chasing him through multiple counties on Tuesday.

KCSO deputies arrested Michael Gary Pruitt, 28, on July 17 and charged him with failure to stop for a blue light and driving under suspension. He was also held on warrants from Mecklenburg County, NC for failure to appear on weapons violations.

According to KCSO Chief Deputy Jack Rushing, Pruitt was wanted on bench warrants from NC regarding failure to appear on felony weapons charges, KCSO Traffic Enforcement officers acted on information from a concerned citizen and spotted Pruitt driving a silver Chevrolet Malibu, accompanied by a female passenger.

Deputies attempted to stop Pruitt, who fled and began a chase in Kershaw County through. The pursuit continued through Lancaster and Chesterfield counties and back into Kershaw County, lasting 20 minutes.

At one point, Pruitt lost control and ran into a ditch. While attempting to drive out of the ditch, Pruitt's vehicle struck a Kershaw County patrol car. A second deputy intentionally ran his patrol vehicle into the side of the vehicle pinning Pruitt inside.

Pruitt and his female passenger were removed from the vehicle. Neither of them sustained any injuries, nor did any of the officers. Vehicle damage was minimal.

Once Pruitt was handcuffed, he advised deputies that he ran because he knew there were outstanding warrants on him from North Carolina. The South Carolina Highway Patrol was called to the scene to investigate the collision.

Pruitt has previously been arrested for alcohol violations, criminal domestic violence, failure to appear, criminal domestic violence high and aggravated, reckless driving, unlawful carrying of a weapon (multiple offenses), possession of drug paraphernalia (not for marijuana), possession of marijuana and possession of a stolen firearm.

Pruitt remains incarcerated in the Kershaw County Detention Center on a $10,647.00 cash bond set by Magistrate Drakeford for the two Kershaw County charges.

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