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Bond Denied For Man Involved In High Speed Chase

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CHESNEE, S.C. -

Spartanburg County Sheriff Chuck Wright tells 7 On Your Side a chase of a carjacker ended this afternoon with the person being tasered in Chesnee.

Sheriff Wright said it all started around noon Sunday when a Spartanburg County deputy was called to assist Chesnee Police. They were heading to a home on Alabama Ave where Chad Hollingsworth was attempting to carjack a woman.

Officials said the officers saw the suspect had a knife and repeatedly yelled at him to drop the weapon but he refused. Hollingsworth never got in the car and the officers shot him with a taser but deputies said it appeared not to stop Hollingsworth.

Sheriff Wright said the man ran from the officers to the Hot Spot gas station on Hampton Street. There officers said he attempted to carjack a man without success because someone inside the vehicle held the door closed. Wright said he talked to a father and son who were inside the car and the older man said he had his CWP.

He said he would have shot the man if he felt threatened but he did not think his life was in danger. The Sheriff said it was a good example of someone with a CWP who did the right thing.

Wright then said the man found a car sitting at a gas pump with the keys still in the ignition but no one inside. Hollingsworth took that car and led deputies through Cherokee County, Rutherford County and then back into Spartanburg County.

As he pulled off, the Sheriff said deputies shot at him and almost took one of the other deputies with him.

Wright gave the order for deputies to back off. He wanted to keep the public safe because speeds topped 130 miles per hour, he explained.

A short while later Wright said deputies in a Chevy Tahoe found some items that Hollingsworth had left outside of the vehicle. They found Hollingsworth in the car and Sheriff Wright told us he allowed the deputies to chase him again and take him off the road.

"I told them to find him again and the chase was on and this time I told them to take him out of the chase and when they found a safe place to do it they did it. No officers were injured, no bad guy was injured any more than when it was for running and fighting police," said Sheriff Wright.

The suspect was taken into custody on Casey Creek Road where the guard rail there is in pretty bad shape.

"We did what we do which is protect citizens, chase bad guys and we're very thankful no one in the public got hurt and thankful the suspect didn't get hurt. We run him down and put him in jail," said Sheriff Wright.

Sheriff Wright said Hollingsworth was treated at a local hospital because he was hit with a taser. The Sherff was sorry someone's car was ruined because of Hollingsworth's actions.

"I feel bad for the guy that got his car stolen because we wrecked it. We couldn't let him drive around at over 130 miles per hour with people coming back from church, kids out here. I'm not going to tolerate that here," said Sheriff Wright.

7 On Your Side spoke with Ashley Taylor. She lives near the Hot Spot on Hampton Street and used to work there. She said the neighborhood is typically quiet but Sunday she saw law enforcement vehicles speeding by. She said the police response is very fast in the city and hopes nothing like this happens again near her home.

"It's scary but then again we know it's safe because of all the patrol officers we have," said Taylor.

Deputies said 34 year old Hollingsworth has a current outstanding bench warrant for his arrest on a possession of marijuana charge. He is being held at the Spartanburg County Detention Center without bond.

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