Driver Arrested After Police Chase, Deadly Crash in Spartanburg, SC
SPARTANBURG, SC. – A man has been arrested after fleeing from police and causing a deadly five-vehicle wreck January 8 in Spartanburg, South Carolina, according to an online news story at wspa.com. The chase began when a sheriff’s deputy tried to intervene on two vehicles racing in Boiling Springs, South Carolina.*
On the evening of January 8, a deputy with the Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office was traveling on Highway 9 in Boiling Springs and observed two cars racing and driving recklessly. The unidentified deputy tried to stop the vehicles, and one of the drivers sped away. The driver fled from the deputy and traveled over to the area near the WestGate Mall in Spartanburg.
When the driver came to the intersection of W.O. Ezell Boulevard and Blackstock Road, he crashed into a Mazda. The Mazda was forced into three additional vehicles after impact.
According to the Spartanburg County Coroner’s Office, the driver of the Mazda died at the scene. The coroner’s office has identified him as 50-year-old Thomas Michael Delise, of Spartanburg.
The driver involved in the police chase has been identified as 21-year-old Alan M. Dixon. Dixon was treated for minor injuries and then arrested. He is currently being held in the Spartanburg County Detention Center. Bond has not been set. The charges against him were not reported.
It is not clear if anyone else was injured in the crash. The intersection was closed overnight following the crash and did not reopen until about 5:30 a.m. on January 9. No additional information has been released at this time.
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