Deputies: Wanted man leads cops on drunken chase, argues with judge
Michael Hayes (Source: Cherokee County Sheriff's Office)
Hayes appears on screen before a Cherokee Co. judge. (Jan. 15, 2014/FOX Carolina)
GAFFNEY, SC (FOX Carolina) -
Cherokee County deputies said a man wanted in Georgia, Wisconsin and Abbeville, SC, led officers on a two-county chase while drunk in a stolen car on Friday.
The chase began in York County when deputies were in pursuit of a Nissan Maxima reported stolen in Rock Hill, SC, according to the incident report.
Cherokee County deputies said they assisted York County deputies when the car entered their area on Highway 5.
Deputies turned on their blue lights and siren in an attempt to stop the suspect, but they said he kept going, almost colliding with several cars, according to the report. The vehicle was located at Highway 5 and Phelps Road after it collided with a guard rail, deputies said.
The suspect, Michael Hayes, 43, was apprehended after a short foot chase into a wooded area, according to deputies.
Deputies said Hayes had a strong odor of alcohol and was unable to perform a field sobriety test because he was in need of medical attention.
Hayes was charged with resisting arrest, driving under suspension, failure to surrender his driver's licence, failure to stop for blue lights, reckless driving, DUI, and possession of a stolen vehicle. According to the report, Hayes had two prior DUI convictions.
According to the police report Hayes is wanted in connection with vehicle thefts in Janesville, WI, and Decatur, GA. Deputies said he is also wanted in Abbeville on a family court bench warrant.
Hayes went before a judge in Cherokee County Wednesday morning where he was issued a total of $42,500 in bonds on his charges, according to FOX Carolina's crew in court.
Click here to watch a RAW clip from Hayes' bond hearing.
During his bond hearing, Hayes argued with the judge regarding the charge of possession of a stolen vehicle claiming the woman who owned the car was in it with him. And at the end of the hearing, Hayes was heard cursing the judge.
It is not clear when Hayes may be extradited to any of the other jurisdictions.
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