Bond denied for Spartanburg deadly chase suspect


The suspect of a chase that ended with a deadly crash in Spartanburg will stay behind bars. 

Alan Machael Dixon, 21, will be spending the next few months locked up for leading Spartanburg County deputies on a high speed pursuit on Tuesday night.

Investigators say Dixon was racing on racing on Highway 9, in Boiling Springs, when a deputy tried to stop him and write him a ticket. That’s when Dixon hit the gas and the pursuit ensued. 

Investigators tell 7News Dixon was involved in a hit-and-run, before the final crash when he t-boned a Mazda that hit 3 other cars at the intersection of W.O. Ezell Boulevard and Blackstock Road. 

“He actually almost went airborne,” said Solicitor Barry Barnette. 

Deputies say the crash killed Thomas Delise and injured another driver who was taken to the hospital. The injured drivers condition is unknown at this time. 

In an interview with 7News Spartanburg County Sheriff Chuck Wright says at one point Dixon tried to hit one of the responding deputies, that’s when the deputies slowed down to give Dixon space. 

The Sheriff says his deputies responded according to pursuit policy. 

In court, the Solicitor brought up Dixon’s driving history during his plea to the judge to keep Dixon behind bars. 

“His prior record, your honor, I don’t know if you have his driving record or not, but he has 3 accidents on it,” Barnette said. 

A background check shows run-ins with law enforcement, most recently a DUI. 

At the bond hearing, the Solicitor argued Dixon poses a rick to the community and says more charges could be filed. 

“As I told the court in there, we are going to have additional charges,” he siad. “We just have to look at, when the investigation is done, when everything is done, we will determine what charges will be filed.”

Dixon is schedule to appear in court on March 28. 

7News did request a copy of the Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office pursuit policy, which was not released at this time. 

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