LANCASTER — A Lancaster man fleeing from deputies crashed into a railroad crossing pole after police say he broke into a convenience store, stole cigarettes and beer and then tried to break into a local club.
Jesse Michael James, 46, of 4818 Waiters Circle, is charged with two counts of second-degree burglary and failure to stop for a blue light and siren, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s news release.
Shortly after 2:30 a.m. Saturday, police responded to a burglar alarm at the Speedee Mart on 1416 Pageland Highway, the release states. They found that the door was smashed. Surveillance video showed a suspect they later identified as James smashing the door and stealing cigarettes, rolled coins and beer.
Nearly three hours later, police were called to the Grown Folks club on 1418 Kershaw Camden Highway when an employee said James began to force himself through the door. The employee fled out the back door while deputies arrived to see James flee in a van.
Police pursued James, who for several miles led police on a chase, hitting speeds at 80 mph. James eventually crashed into a railroad crossing pole at the intersection of Memorial Park and Old Landsford roads. He was caught soon after he tried to flee on foot.
He is held on a $70,000 bond at the Lancaster County Detention Center. The S.C. Judicial Department shows that he was convicted for several burglary charges in 2011 and was currently serving five years probation.