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Fairfax man arrested after two-county car chase
A Fairfax man was arrested Friday night after he led Hampton County Sheriff's Office deputies on a car chase that began in Hampton County and ended in Jasper County. The Varnville Police Department also assisted on the call.
Douglas Kinard, 33, of 381 York Street, Fairfax, was arrested on charges of failure to stop for a blue light by the Hampton County Sheriff's Office. Other charges may be pending with the Fairfax Police Department.
A Be On the Lookout (BOLO) bulletin was issued for a stolen vehicle from Fairfax around 10p.m. Friday night to Hampton County deputies and the surrounding areas. The vehicle was described as a blue Buick Lesabre with a Georgia license tag. As the bulletin was given, a Hampton County deputy spotted the vehicle traveling east on US 278 just outside the town limits of Varnville. The officer then turned around as the car passed him to make sure the tag matched the one officers were searching for. Once the tag was found to be a match, the officer received backup before attempting to initiate a traffic stop as officers were informed that the driver had allegedly stolen the vehicle and was armed.
The car turned on to Pocotaligo Road and came to a stop in the middle of the road. As the officer began following behind the car and activated his emergency lights, the driver then began driving away, east on Pocotaligo Road, crossing to the westbound side numerous times. Officers continued to pursue the car on Highway 278 into Jasper County. Jasper County units then assisted in the chase. The car turned right on US 278 and right again on a small dirt driveway. The car then struck several light poles lying on the ground and came to a stop. Kinard then exited the car and attempted to flee on foot before later being placed into custody by officers. While officers were securing the vehicle, a weapon was discovered in the floorboard.