Man arrested, charges after leading deputies on chase in Anderson Co.

Jesse Lee Williams

A man was arrested Thursday evening after leading Anderson County deputies on a chase.

Jesse Lee Williams, 28, of Anderson, was driving a black 2003 Mitsubishi Eclipse on White Street Extension when deputies noticed that the vehicle had a broken tail light, according to the incident report. 

Deputies said they attempted to stop Williams for the broken tail light. Instead of stopping, Williams increased his speed and crossed over the double yellow line into oncoming traffic.

Deputies followed Williams to East Shock Ferry Road where he ran a red light and turned left towards South Main Street, according to the incident report. Williams continued driving to South Main Street before turning right through a gas station parking lot. He turned left out of the parking lot onto Lewis Street then right onto South Murray Avenue towards Anderson city limits. 

According to deputies, Williams was passing cars in the median and continued to disregard red lights as he passed through the downtown area between West River Street and West Whitner Street. 

Williams attempted to pass stopped vehicles at the intersection of South Murray Avenue and West Greenville Street by driving into the median, according to the incident report. Williams crashed into a gray 2011 Honda Pilot while the driver was attempting to turn left onto South Murray Avenue from West Greenville Street. 

Deputies said they approached Williams’ car and placed him into custody after he did not comply with the deputies’ verbal commands. 

EMS responded to the scene to care for Williams and the woman whose vehicle he crashed into, according to the incident report. They were both taken to AnMed Health for their injuries. 

Deputies searched Williams’ vehicle to find two white pills, a torn empty plastic baggie and one round of 0.380 ammunition in the center console of the car, deputies said. 

Williams was driving with a South Carolina driver’s license that had been suspended indefinitely, according to the incident report. 

Williams was charged with failure to stop for blue lights, reckless driving, second offense driving under suspension and first offense drugs/trafficking meth or cocaine. 

Deputies said they recognized Williams from previous law enforcement encounters. 

After he was released from the hospital, he was booked into the Anderson County Detention Center. 

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