A drunk driver fleeing from a state trooper Thursday night wrecked on Holt Street then fled on foot. He was soon apprehended.
GSP Sgt. Matthew Baxley observed a Lincoln Town Car speeding on Harrison Road about 8:15 p.m. The trooper pulled in behind the Lincoln and confirmed its speed.
When Baxley was starting the traffic stop, the Lincoln turned right on White Oak Road from Harrison and continued on White Oak until before Clery Street.
The Lincoln pulled onto the right shoulder of White Oak Road. As Baxley exited his vehicle to approach the car on foot, the driver of the Lincoln sped away.
The trooper gave chase and the Lincoln continued on White Oak and made a right turn on Holt Street and continued at a high rate of speed.
“He was traveling about 75 mph in that 25 mph zone and lost control of the vehicle in a curve,” Baxley said.
Baxley said the suspect vehicle ran off the right side of the road and the driver over corrected and went into a yard, where it hit a parked truck, which pushed it into two other vehicles, and hit a tree.
The driver fled on foot and Baxley pursued. The trooper caught up with driver and had to use his taser on the suspect.
The driver, Marchavise Samuels, 34, of a Shiloh Road address, was charged with driving under the influence and other violations.
Baxley said he took Samuels to the McDuffie County Jail but said the jail would not accept him because Samuels had a temperature of 99 degrees.
“I had to release him,” Baxley said.
Samuels was jailed earlier this month after he was arrested by Thomson Police and charged with aggravated assault. He was released on a $10,000 bond in that case.