UNION COUNTY — A Spartanburg man is facing charges following a chase early Thursday morning across two counties involving three law enforcement agencies.
The chase began in Spartanburg but ended at Fairforest Creek in Union County where deputies found the suspect to be bleeding from an apparent gunshot wound.
“Our dispatchers received a call at about 2:30 a.m. from Spartanburg County dispatchers,” Union County Sheriff David Taylor said Friday. “They said that the Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office was in a chase that was heading into Union County.
“Our deputies picked up the chase on 215 in West Springs and pursued the car all the way to Fairforest Creek Bridge,” he said. “The car pulled over but the driver wouldn’t come out pf the vehicle when ordered to do so by the deputies.”
Taylor said that deputies approached the car to open it themselves and extract the driver, but in the process made a surprising discovery about the driver’s condition.
“When they approached the vehicle they discovered that the back window was broken out so they finished breaking it out and reached in and unlocked the doors,” Taylor said. “They then found the driver bleeding the shoulder from what appeared to be a gunshot wound.”
Taylor said deputies called in Union County EMS who treated the driver and transported him to Spartanburg Regional Healthcare Center where he was further treated for what he described as a non-life-threatening wound. He said that later that day the driver, who he identified as James Kershaw, 29, 102 Redwood Circle, Spartanburg, was released from the hospital and transported to the Spartanburg County Jail.
While he did not know all the details of what happened before the chase reached Union County, Taylor said that his understanding is that it began in Spartanburg. Taylor said that the Spartanburg Public Safety Department had ran a check on Kershaw and found that he was in a stolen vehicle in addition to already facing other charges. He said that after the chase began the Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office took over the pursuit of Kershaw before he crossed into Union County where his deputies took over the chase.
Taylor said it was his understanding that Kershaw was facing charges in Spartanburg County but did not know what they were beyond violation of probation or parole. He said that his office is charging Kershaw with failure to stop for a blue light.
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Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090.