Deputies force suspected drunk driver off road following hit-and-run |
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KERSHAW COUNTY, SC (WIS) - Kershaw County Sheriff's deputies had to force a suspected drunk driver off the road after they say he caused a crash and took off from a traffic stop.
Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews said a deputy was asked to back up an Elgin Police Officer who was investigating a vehicle in a ditch just outside the Elgin town limits Tuesday afternoon. Before the deputy arrived, Matthews said the driver who caused the crash drove away.
A short time later, a hit-and-run was reported in Lugoff involving the same driver.
Deputies say the driver was 36-year-old Zachary Zaccone.
As Zaccone took off down Springdale Drive, a Kershaw County deputy attempted to pull him over, but he took off. Deputies say as Zaccone led them down U.S. 521, Zaccone forced several cars off the road.
Eventually, deputies performed what they call a Precision Inteverntion Technique to force Zaccone off the road. Once the vehicle was stopped, deputies say they had to remove Zaccone from the vehicle by force.
Matthews said damage to the patrol vehicle was minor.
After he was taken to the hospital, Zaccone was transferred to the Kershaw County Detention Center, where he is awaiting a bond hearing.
“All KCSO patrol officers have now been trained in how to conduct the PIT maneuver safely," Matthews said. "Zaccone was a serious threat to innocent motorists and had already collided with one in Lugoff. These officers did an outstanding job in getting him off the road before he injured or killed someone."
Matthews said Zaccone had previous arrests dating back to 1995 for a variety of charges, including trespassing, criminal domestic violence and assault and battery.