Boiling Springs, SC (Paul Kirby) – A car that struck a power pole at the intersection of Old Charleston and Calks Ferry Road sometime after 1:00 a.m. Tuesday cut the pole in half before its driver got out and apparently fled the scene. The Ford Mustang was reported stolen to the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department at about the same time that the fire service got the call about the wreck. Someone apparently happened on the scene to find the car versus pole crash, but no driver or passenger was with the tangled mess when it was located.
Firefighters from the Boiling Springs fire station arrived on the scene just moments after receiving the call to find the convertible had hit the pole so hard that it had snapped into two pieces. No one was around the car and the license tag had either been removed after the wreck or had not been on the car when it struck the utility pole. The fire crew quickly had their dispatch center notify Mid-Carolina Electric and even advised them they had better bring a new pole when they responded if they wanted to get the pole and wires back in service quickly.
Just a short time after the fire service arrived, the 911 center began to ask the engine’s crew if they could better identify the car. At that point, a deputy was on another scene where someone was reporting a car that fit the description of the wrecked one stolen. It began to seem as if the wreck and the missing car began to be more than just a coincidence. The car was later positively identified using its vehicle identification numbers (VIN).
The SCHP investigated the wreck. The car’s owner followed a county deputy to the scene to positively identify the wrecked car. The Lexington County Sheriff’s Department will be handling the investigation of the vehicle’s theft.
the wrecked car. The Lexington County Sheriff’s Department will be handling the investigation of the vehicle’s theft.