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Fiery crash leads to arrest in Goose Creek

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A man wanted by two different agencies in Berkeley County is behind bars after he crashed into a light pole Monday.

Police say they spotted Demar Devon Bacon in a Goose Creek neighborhood near Bayshore Boulevard. According to the report, the officer recognized Bacon, who is known for being an habitual offender driving on a suspended license. When the officer attempted to pull him over, Bacon sped off through a neighborhood.  A pursuit continued until it was called off because for the safety of residents.

Later that night, another officer recognized Bacon, but before the officer could turn on his lights, Bacon crashed into a light pole, that immediately went up in flames. A few minutes later, the Land Rover SUV Bacon was driving was also ignited.

Donald Petersen lives one lot over from the scene of the accident and was reading on his porch when he heard a loud pop, and his home lost power.

"I could see through the sparks that there was a car that hit a pole, and the pole was out in the street," he said, "The top of the pole was hanging by the wires."

Petersen says there many different agencies on scene including the fire department, Berkeley Electric and as many as six police cars. As the flames filled the dark streets, people from all over the neighborhood gathered around Petersen's home to see what was going on.

"A lot of the neighbors came from several streets away because they heard all of the commotion and everything, and there was a lot of the neighborhood out here witnessing everything," Petersen said.

On Wednesday afternoon, there is still a hole on the side of the road. Trees have been snapped and many are blackened from the flames. There are also many pieces of the SUV spread around the area.

Petersen has been a resident in this community for more than 15 years, and he and many of the neighbors never thought they'd see something like this.

"They were flabbergasted just like everyone else because this is a very, very quiet neighborhood. [It's] probably the most excitement we've had in years," he said.

Bacon was arrested Monday night and has been given a $45,000 bond. He was wanted by both the Berkeley County Sheriffs Office and the Goose Creek Police Department. Deputies say they found marijuana and more than $1,700 in cash. He was charged with Failure to Yield to Blue Lights and Possession of Marijuana. He was also charged with being an Habitual Offender as well.

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