SPARTANBURG COUNTY, SC (WSPA) – Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office officials said they are searching for a suspect who was involved in a chase with deputies on Thursday.
We reported earlier that sheriff’s office deputies, K9 units and a helicopter were searching for a suspect near Strawberry Hill in Chesnee.
Spartanburg County Lt. Kevin Bobo told us previously that deputies tried to stop a suspicious vehicle, the driver refused to stop and a chase occurred.
According to a sheriff’s office incident report, deputies were on Highway 11 and Peachtree Road and saw a black and gray Honda Civic go by them. When deputies ran the tag, they found the tag came back to a Jeep Grand Cherokee.
They then saw the vehicle at the Freedom Stop, located on Highway 11, and deputies turned around, activated their blue lights and the vehicle then pulled into a driveway in the 3500 block of Highway 11.
Deputies then reportedly saw the driver throw an object out of the driver’s side window, and then the vehicle kept on driving up the driveway and went behind a home.
According to the report, deputies followed the vehicle and said the driver of the vehicle — identified as Douglas Allen Underwood, Jr. — pulled the vehicle behind a barn and then into another large open yard.
Deputies then drove back to the driveway and got back onto Highway 11, where they said they saw Underwood’s vehicle heading back towards Highway 11.
According to the report, deputies turned right onto Highway 11 and then right again onto Cooley Springs Road. They continued to drive about a mile on Cooley Springs Road, and then made a right onto Scholol Road and then another right onto Anderson Road.
Deputies said Underwood then turned left into a peach tree field, but they did not follow him. They said Underwood’s veicle did exit the peach tree field on the other side onto Fairfield Road.
According to the report, the deputies continued to follow tire tracks, which led them to the vehicle in 2800 block of Fairfield Road. Both the front and rear driver’s side doors were open and a nearby homeowner said a man was running between her two fences and went into the woods.
Sheriff’s Office K9s were then called to the scene to track, but were unable to find Underwood.
Warrants were issued charging Underwood with unlawful operation of unsafe or improperly equipped vehicle, temporary license plate, uninsured motor vehcle fee violation, use of license plate other than for vehicle which issued, reckless driving, driving under suspension and failure to stop for a blue light following the incident.
Anyone with information on Underwood’s whereabouts is asked to call 911 or call Crime Stoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC.