A Michigan man wanted on felony charges allegedly wrecked a stolen vehicle during a chase on Wednesday afternoon.
The vehicle reached a speed of 140 mph during the chase, according to the Bamberg County Sheriff’s Office.
Deputy Allen Cook said Christopher Lee Doss, 37, of an unknown address, is facing the following charges in Bamberg County: second-degree violent burglary, grand larceny, possession of a handgun during the commission of a violent crime, possession of a stolen handgun, unlawful carrying of a handgun, simple possession of marijuana, failure to stop for blue lights, reckless driving and no S.C. driver’s license.
Cook said Doss is also wanted by law enforcement in Michigan on charges of home invasion, stealing a handgun and stealing a vehicle.
The Bamberg County incident began at 4:28 p.m. when a River Bridge Road resident reported that someone stole his 1998 yellow Ford Mustang Cobra, Cook said.
“About one mile south of the city, we made contact with the vehicle on U.S. 301,” Cook said.
A deputy tried to initiate a traffic stop on the vehicle, which reached 127 mph, he said.
“He just kept losing control all the way up 301,” Cook said.
Four deputies attempted to stop the vehicle. The driver evaded them.
“City officers clocked him at 140 mph,” Cook said.
As the yellow Mustang crossed U.S. Highway 78, the driver lost control and the vehicle crashed into the sign post at Sanders Supply, located at 2660 Main Highway.
Medics transported him to the Regional Medical Center where he underwent observation before being booked at the Bamberg County Detention Center on Thursday afternoon.
He’s expected to appear in bond court on Friday.
Cook said the Bamberg County Sheriff’s Office is working closely with law enforcement authorities in Michigan on outstanding charges there.
Cook said Doss allegedly stole a 2000 silver Dodge caravan with a Michigan license plate of DNP 0484.
The van has stickers featuring the following musicians: Slipknot, Korn and Rob Zombie. It also has a sticker of “Dave and Chuck the Freak,” who are radio personalities in Detroit, Michigan.
Cook said the location of the stolen van is not yet known.
If anyone locates the van, they are asked to call Michigan Crimestoppers at 1-800-SPEAK-UP or Midlands Crimestoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC. Callers may remain anonymous.