A Clover man was charged with seven traffic violations after he fled, first in his car, then on foot when an officer tried to pull him over, according to a report from the York County Sheriff’s Office.
Austin Brandon, 22, was driving on Lincoln Road around 3 a.m. on Tuesday when an officer saw his car was going more than 80 miles per hour. When the officer tried to pull him over, Brandon sped off, then pulled into a gas station.
When the officer got to the gas station and tried to initiate a traffic stop, Brandon sped off again, going up to 100 miles per hour, turning his headlights off. Another officer joined the chase as Brandon’s car continually moved from side to side on the road, the report states.
Brandon’s car then slowed down to 7 miles per hour. When the officer pulled his car up next to Brandon’s, Brandon swerved his car to try and hit the officer’s, the report stated, and tried to cover his face with a sweatshirt.
Still traveling at 7 miles per hour, the officer was able to hit Brandon’s car with his to get it to stop.
Brandon then got out of his car and ran into the woods. A K9 unit was called and was able to trace Brandon to a spot along Bethel School Road. When officers found and arrested him, he had cuts from running through the woods and was only wearing a tank top and underwear.
The report stated that the officer was “very familiar” with Brandon and records with the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division show that Brandon has been charged with numerous offenses over the last two years including public disorderly conduct and assaulting a police officer.
Brandon was released from the York County Detention Center on bond Wednesday.
Rachel Southmayd • 803-329-4072