Police: Fort Mill man fled DUI checkpoint, caused wreck

adouglas@heraldonline.comMay 27, 2014 

A Fort Mill man was arrested early Sunday morning after trying to avoid a DUI checkpoint, fleeing from police and hitting another driver on Gold Hill Road.

Multiple York County police agencies jointly conducted the Memorial Day weekend traffic checkpoint at the intersection of Zoar Road and S.C. 160, near the South Carolina-North Carolina border.

Around 1 a.m. Sunday, Joseph Lawrence Lynch III, 23, made an illegal u-turn just before the checkpoint and sped off as an officer tried to stop him, according to a Winthrop University Campus Police report. Winthrop officers were helping with the checkpoint as part of the 16th circuit law enforcement network.

Police say Lynch led a Winthrop officer on a short chase from S.C. 160 to Gold Hill Road, where he lost control of his car and hit another car. The collision happened about one mile away from the checkpoint, near the intersection of Gold Hill Road and Black Mountain Drive, the report states.

The wreck caused a large cut on Lynch’s face and damaged his car and the car he hit, according to the report.

Inside Lynch’s car, officers found a small glass pipe with marijuana residue and an open can of beer, the report states. Police say he admitted to drinking a “couple of beers.”

Winthrop Police charged Lynch with driving under the influence, failure to stop for a blue light and having an open container of alcohol in his car, according to the report.

Anna Douglas •  803-329-4068

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