An Anderson County man police say stole a car from a Rock Hill daycare led police and deputies on a chase through two counties on Tuesday before crashing the car in Cherokee County.
At about 7:50 a.m., a woman at the Sunshine House on S.C. 5 told police her Nissan Maxima had been stolen, according to a Rock Hill police report. She gave police a description of the thief, who drove the car on S.C. 5 toward York.
A York County sheriff’s deputy patrolling the area realized he had passed a car matching the description and turned around to follow it. He was joined by another deputy, a sheriff’s report states.
Deputies followed the car until it turned on Public Works Drive, where a deputy tried to make a traffic stop, but the car’s driver sped onto Alexander Love Highway.
Another deputy tried to intercept the car, but it began weaving in and out of traffic down Alexander Love Highway. Deputies lost sight of the car between S.C. 5 and S.C. 49.
A short time later, another deputy spotted the car crossing onto Filbert Highway, the report states. The pursuit resumed onto Black Highway and into Cherokee County, but deputies backed off because the car began driving in the wrong lane and the roads were wet and slippery.
Cherokee County sheriff’s deputies then began chasing the car, but stopped because of road conditions, the report states.
Police later learned that the suspect wrecked the car in Cherokee County, where deputies identified him as Michael Bryan Hayes, 43, of Belton, and charged him with possession of a stolen vehicle, failure to stop for a blue light and driving under suspension.
Jonathan McFadden • 803-329-4082