SPARTANBURG Co., SC (WSPA) – A stolen car crashed into sign for Smith Distribution on Fairforest Rd. after a chase, according to a Spartanburg Co. Sheriff’s Office report.
It happened on August 21 at 2:21 p.m.
A deputy was running RADAR on N. Blackstock Rd. near the intersection of Frey Rd. when they saw a silver Nissan Altima following too close to a truck.
The car turned left onto Church St. towards Fairforest as the deputy tried to catch up.
The deputy turned on the blue lights to try to stop the driver.
The driver then turned into oncoming traffic to go around another vehicle that was stopped at the stop sign at Fairforest Rd and accelerated.
The deputy then lost sight of the vehicle.
Before they could end the chase, they rounded a corner and saw the car had crashed into a sign at Smith Distribution on Fairforest Rd.
The crash threw a piece of sheet metal into the road and the deputy hit it with their vehicle.
The damage to the Altima was severe so the deputy called for EMS.
Bystanders then started to yell that the driver of the car had ran off toward the business and into the woods.
The deputy made their way through the thick brush, marsh and trees before they caught sight of the suspect.
The officer drew their weapon and ordered the suspect to get on the ground.
The suspect was handcuffed and the deputy asked him why he ran?
The suspect, Jamee Tesean Lyles, 23, told the deputy he didn’t have a driver’s license, according to the report.
The deputy asked if his license was suspended and Lyles said he just never got one.
After a VIN search, the deputy discovered that the vehicle had been stolen out of Spartanburg, according to the report.
Lyles was taken to the hospital for treatment and is charged with:
Possession of a stolen vehicle > $10,000
Blue Light Violation No Injury 1st Offense
Beginner’s Permit Violation