By Jeremy Handel, Staff Writer
[An update to the developing story posted earlier today]
A speeding car that failed to stop for police crashed into a storage shed on the sidewalk just outside of the Tap Three pub on Georgia Street on Thursday, Dec. 3, just before noon.
According to Woodruff Police, a red Honda sedan was observed traveling south on Highway 101 at a high rate of speed. A traffic patrol vehicle was notified and attempted to initiate a traffic stop near Main Street and South 285. When the driver failed to stop, officers called off any pursuit for public safety reasons.
As the driver continued south on Main Street, he failed to negotiate the turn onto westbound Georgia Street and struck a storage shed just outside of Tap Three pub.
Allston Kullman was working at The Yellow Butterfly boutique on the northwest corner of Main and Georgia streets when she witnessed the commotion. She said she saw the vehicle speed by and try to make the turn. That’s when she said she heard squealing tires and a loud bang.
“I ran to the back window of the store and saw the car already up against the building,” she said. “Police came up and took two people out of the car.”
Woodruff Police arrived on scene of the crash and took two people into custody. Police also called in the South Carolina Highway Patrol to assist on the incident.
According to Woodruff Police Chief Greg Ryan, the male driver of the vehicle was arrested and charged with speeding, failure stop for blue lights, felon in possession of a firearm, and unlawful carry of a firearm by Woodruff Police. He was also charged with a seatbelt violation by the highway patrol. A female passenger was ticketed for allowing an unauthorized person to drive and released.
Police are still investigating to determine if any further charges will be filed.