On November 30, 2014 at approximately 1:30am, Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested William James English (43) who lives on Dinkins Rd. in Lugoff, SC following a pursuit. English was charged with DUI (5th offense), habitual offender, DUS (1st), providing false information to police, open container violation, leaving the scene of accident and failure to stop for a blue light.
During the early morning hours of November 30, 2014, a Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office traffic officer was patrolling on US1 in Lugoff when he observed a dark colored Ford Expedition cross over the center line of the highway. Suspecting that the driver was impaired, the deputy attempted to stop the vehicle. The driver of the vehicle, William James English, fled from the officer and drove through several neighborhoods in his attempt to escape. During the pursuit, in which speeds did not exceed 55 mph, English struck several mailboxes and drove through the yards of several residences before he lost control and crashed down an embankment.
Deputies apprehended English who suffered minor injuries from the accident. He was treated at the scene by Kershaw County EMS and released to deputies. He was released from the Kershaw County Detention Center on bonds totaling $54,622.50.
English has been in trouble with the law since 1990 and has previous arrests for assault and battery, possession of beer by a minor, distribution of crack cocaine, assault and battery with intent to kill (multiple counts), failure to stop for a blue light (multiple counts), resisting arrest with a deadly weapon, open container, assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature (multiple counts), resisting arrest with assault on officer, criminal domestic violence (multiple counts), criminal domestic violence of a high and aggravated nature, trespassing, arson, grand larceny, littering, possession of cocaine, discharging a firearm into a dwelling, possession of a weapon during a violent crime, DUS (multiple counts) and DUI (multiple counts).
“Mr. English’s criminal record speaks for itself. He is a menace to our community and needs to be off the streets. Unfortunately he has already been released on bond. Although the speeds involved in this pursuit were relatively low, Mr. English drove with total disregard for the safety of the public. I commend the deputy involved in this pursuit for the excellent way in which he handled this situation, “said Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews.