61 Yr. Old Man Leads Deputy on Vehicle Chase through the Woods

On February 15, 2017 a Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office deputy arrested Charles Edward Blanding (61) whose last known address is on McCord Ferry Rd. Lugoff, SC and charged him with petit larceny, failure to stop for a blue light, operating uninsured motor vehicle, driving under suspension (2nd offense), operating unregistered/unlicensed motor vehicle, displaying license plates other than on vehicle issued.

Just before noon on February 15, 2017 an Elgin Police Department officer who was in his personal vehicle observed Blanding stealing industrial grade tarps from an 18 wheeler flatbed truck that was parked in Elgin. The officer who was off duty at the time turned around at which time Blanding fled in his older model green Chevrolet pickup truck pulling a trailer. The off duty officer contacted Kershaw County 911 dispatch and relayed directions to dispatch as he followed Blanding.

A Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office deputy was able to intercept Blanding and attempted to stop him. Blanding fled and the deputy pursued him across US601, down Porter Crossroad and then off-road down a 4 wheeler trail. Blanding ultimately ran into a tree and fled from the truck on foot. The deputy pursued Blanding on foot and caught him after running about 400 yards. Blanding was transported to the Kershaw County Detention Center where he is currently being detained.

According to Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews, back in 2002 a Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office deputy was involved in a vehicle pursuit of Blanding that ended up in Richland County where Blanding fled on foot through the woods with the deputy in pursuit. During a struggle with the deputy, Blanding was able to get the deputy’s sidearm from him and escaped arrest at that time.

Blanding has previously been arrested for fraudulent checks, numerous traffic offenses, shoplifting (numerous arrests), receiving stolen goods, grand larceny, criminal domestic violence, assault and battery, possession of marijuana, failure to stop for a blue light, public disorderly conduct, possession of drug paraphernalia, malicious injury to property, giving false information, possession of a weapon during a violent crime, resisting arrest with a deadly weapon, assault and battery with intent to kill, reckless driving, DUI (3rd offense), improper use of a dealer tag, using license plates other than issued, possession of cocaine, open container and possession of a stolen vehicle.