West Columbia man leads law enforcement on a chase that ends in Kershaw County
Camden, SC (Paul Kirby) – A West Columbia man led law enforcement officers on a chase Monday that spanned several counties across the Midlands. The chase eventually ended northeast of Camden, SC when a Kershaw County deputy used a PIT maneuver to spin the fleeing car out of control so that officers could take the driver into custody.
According to a spokesman for law enforcement, Gregory Grundler, age 39, initiated the chase after officers in Lexington County tried to pull him over. He eventually crossed into Richland County where SC State Troopers and Richland County Sheriff’s Deputies joined the pursuit of the Ford Mustang he was driving.
At about 2:30 a.m., the Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office was notified that the pursuit was coming into their jurisdiction. They were also informed that a woman who was allegedly kidnapped by Grundler was inside of the speeding car.
Kershaw County deputies, assisted by the state troopers, took the lead role in the pursuit on Interstate 20 east towards Florence once Richland County deputies reached their county line. Eventually, Grundler exited the interstate towards Cleveland School Road. A Kershaw County deputy used the PIT maneuver to spin the Mustang out of control bringing the chase to a conclusion.
A PIT maneuver, or Pursuit Intervention Technique, is a method specially trained and certified officers use to end pursuits. The officer uses the front bumper of his cruiser to strike the fleeing vehicle’s side between its back tire and bumper. When done correctly, the fleeing driver loses control and spins out. This allows the officers to block the suspect’s vehicle with their cars before it can regain control and speed away again.
Once Grundler’s car came to a stop, the female kidnap victim ran to the nearby officers. She appeared to be physically un-harmed although she was emotionally distraught.
Grundler was arrested and transported to the Kershaw County Detention Center where he was charged with failure to stop for blue lights, third offense DUS, and possession of marijuana. Additional charges may be forthcoming.
Grundler has a long history of run ins with law enforcement.