Man on stolen motorcycle faces charges after chase with NC deputies into Spartanburg Co.


Christopher Bennett- Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office

RUTHERFORD COUNTY, NC (WSPA) – Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office officials said an Upstate man on a stolen motorcycle led deputies on a chase into South Carolina.

According to Rutherford County Sheriff Chris Francis, a deputy initiated a traffic stop on Jack McKinney Road in the county on a motorcycle reported to be stolen out of Richland County, S.C.

The motorcycle did not stop for the deputy and a chase occurred and continued into Spartanburg County.

While in Spartanburg County, the motorcycle hit the officer’s vehicle on Henderson Road.

According to a Spartanburg County incident report, Spartanburg County deputies were notified that Rutherford County deputies had the suspect at gunpoint near the intersection of Henderson Road and Bill Lattimore Road.

When Spartanburg County deputies arrived on-scene, they located the Rutherford County deputies and the suspect next to a home toward Bill Lattimore Road. The suspect was on his side and was handcuffed.

Spartanburg County officials also said in the report that Bennett had been tased.

Francis identified the suspect as Christopher Tyler Bennett, 28, of Boiling Springs, and said Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested him.

The Rutherford County deputy involved in the incident was treated and later released from Rutherford Regional Hospital with a concussion.

Bennett was also treated and released from Spartanburg Medical Center.

Francis said he was charged with flee/elude arrest, assault government official, injury to personal property, resisting arrest, possession of a motor vehicle and communicating threats.

According to the incident report, the motorcycle was stolen from Columbia, SC Police Department.

According to Francis, Bennett waived extradition and is currently being held in the Spartanburg County Detention Center.

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