A man got a little shock on Saturday, his birthday, after his compact car sped away from a deputy at 100 mph near St. George, according to the Dorchester County Sheriff’s Office.
Dorchester resident Michael Wayne McCroan, who turned 40 about 16 minutes before authorities said they started chasing him, faces charges of failing to stop for blue lights, driving under suspension, having an open container in his car and resisting arrest.
McCroan has been on parole since July 2011 after serving prison time for strong-arm robbery. He has other criminal convictions, including resisting arrest, dating to the 1990s.
A sheriff’s deputy first saw a gold Kia Soul about 12:16 a.m. on Wire Road near Stokes Bridge Road, according to an incident report. It already was exceeding the 55 mph limit, but when the deputy tried to catch up, the car sped up to 100 mph, the report stated.
The deputy reported that the Kia traveled erratically on Sandridge Road, then on the dirt-surfaced Smoak Road, where it stopped.
Its driver jumped out, ran through the woods and scaled a fence, the deputy reported. That’s when the deputy used a Taser to shock the man in his back for five seconds.
But the man wouldn’t listen to the deputy by placing his hands at his sides, the report stated, so the deputy stunned him again. That’s when the deputy managed to handcuff the suspect.
The report did not specify what deputies found in the Kia.
McCroan was taken to the county jail, where he posted bail and was released later Saturday.