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Man flees, faces charges

A man was arrested last Friday May 19th after he fled from an Anderson County Sheriff’s deputy, who crashed while pursuing him.

Deputy James Presson reported he had been on routine patrol on Friday morning on Dutch Valley Road when he saw the driver of a Cadillac not wearing his seatbelt and went to pull him over. Instead of slowing down, however, the Cadillac sped up to speeds over 60 miles an hour and led Presson on to Smith Road, then Batley Road and then on to Batley Loop Road.

Presson reported that as the pursuit continued, he lost control of his cruiser, which left the roadway and went down an embankment into a field, damaging a home’s house number post. The deputy was not injured and his patrol car was not seriously damaged.

Presson alerted other units of his situation and the gave a description of the vehicle, which was found a short time later parked next to the side of Dutch Valley Road without its driver. A K9 unit tried to track the suspect, but had to stop due to exhaustion. While that was going on, deputies learned that the car had also been seen at a home on Smith Road and also identified the man through a social media post that included a picture of the Cadillac as 39-year-old Donald Taylor.

Deputies went to the home on Smith Road and were told that Taylor had been seen driving the Caddy a day before but that he had been staying at a home on Dutch Valley Road. Deputies went to the Dutch Valley location and found Taylor sitting on the front porch. He was taken into custody and informed of his rights.

The residents there told deputies that Taylor had knocked on the door and told the occupants that “the law had gotten after him on Smith Road” and that he had fled, only to have his car run out of gas where he parked it.

Taylor reportedly told his friends that he had run from the police because he did not have a valid driver’s license.

The report indicates that warrants will be sought for Taylor’s arrest on charges of felony evasion, speeding, violating the seatbelt law and driving on a revoked license.

About Jim Harris

Jim Harris has been WYSH's News & Sports Director since 2000. In addition to reporting local news, he is the play-by-play voice for Clinton High School football, boys' and girls' basketball and baseball. Catch Jim live weekdays beginning at 6:20 am for live local news, sports, weather and traffic plus the Community Bulletin Board, shenanigans with Ron Meredith and more on the Country Club Morning Show on WYSH & WQLA. Jim lives in Clinton with his wife Kelly and daughter Carolina, his mother-in-law and cats Lucius and Oliver.

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