Man arrested after leading multiple agencies on high speed chase between Gaston and Pelion now ident

Gaston, SC (Paul Kirby) – A man who led officers from the Gaston Police Department on a high-speed chase right at rush hour Wednesday afternoon has now been identified. Major Stephen Watkins of the GPD identified the man that has been booked as Keith Donald Anderson, Jr.

Two officers that were working Gaston ran the tag of a vehicle Anderson was driving near Meadowfield and Blackville Roads right around 5:00 p.m. The tag, which was affixed to a gold Chevrolet, came back to a Chrysler 200 registered in another part of the state.

The Gaston officers initiated their stop on Meadowfield Road near Sandhills Middle School. At first the driver pulled over, but when he realized he was about to be approached by the officers, he sped away.

The small car sped down Meadowfield and crossed the intersection at Fish Hatchery Road and then blasted across Hwy. 6 onto Jim Spence Road. The car eventually careened left onto Edmund Highway toward Pelion with the officer right on its tail.

As they approached Pelion, Officer Shumpert from Pelion PD was setting up to spike the car’s tires. Unfortunately, because the car was travelling at speeds approaching 100 miles-per-hour, the car sped past just before the Pelion officer could throw the tire deflation device.

At Old Charleston Road the fleeing car turned left, sped through the parking lot of the P-Nut store, and then back onto the closed portion of Old Charleston Road. It blew through the stop sign at Fish Hatchery and continued out Old Charleston before turning left onto Pelion Road.

The car continued fleeing down the dirt portion of Pelion Road reaching speeds of more than 100 miles-per-hours again. At Clayhill Road, the driver tried to turn right, but lost control and slid off the road coming to a stop at the edge of the woods.

When the car slid to a stop, both the driver and the passenger bailed out. The passenger immediately gave up, but the driver ran into the woods where he threw a small package from his pocket into some brush. After running a few more yards he too gave up and surrendered to an officer who was chasing him on foot.

Officers searched the car and found a .38 caliber handgun under the driver’s seat of the automobile. There were several open containers of alcohol in the car as well. The package that the driver threw contained several grams of methamphetamines.

Major Watkins said that the man will be charged with failure to stop for blue lights, possession of the methamphetamine, open containers of alcohol, driving under suspension, and possession of the handgun. He was also wanted by Lexington County on Family Court bench warrants.

Officer with Swansea, Pelion, and the Lexington County Sheriff's Department assisted with this pursuit.

He has been booked into the Lexington County Detention Center where he is awaiting a bond hearing.

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