District employee chases down Saluda Trail Middle vandals

rsouthmayd@heraldonline.comJuly 10, 2013 

Three suspects in a white pickup damaged the Saluda Trail Middle School lawn before being spotted and chased down by a district employee, Rock Hill police say.

A project manager for the Rock Hill school district said he heard a loud noise near the front of the school in the early afternoon on Tuesday. When he went to see what the noise was, he saw a white 1999 Chevy Silverado truck driving on the lawn, causing dirt and mud to be thrown in the air and on the truck.

The manager got in his vehicle and followed the truck more than an mile to the intersection of Robertson and Neely Roads, where he saw the truck drive in more mud. The manager tried to block the Chevy with his own vehicle, but was unsuccessful. He then followed the truck back to Saluda Road, where the truck’s occupants got out and were confronted by the manager.

The driver of the truck, a 17-year-old male, then took the manager’s phone as he began to use it to take pictures of the suspects. The others conviced the driver to return the phone. When the manager said he was calling police, the two passengers left by foot while the driver drove the truck away.

When police arrived on scene, they observed the damage to the school’s lawn and confirmed the identity of the driver, but they were unable to locate him and no arrest has been made.

Rachel Southmayd •  803-329-4072

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