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Man charged after alleged hit-and-run accident

South Carolina police took a 52-year-old man into custody on April 5 after he allegedly struck a parked vehicle outside an Anderson County middle school and then attempted to flee the scene. A school resource officer who had witnessed the crash is said to have given chase and apprehended the man. The man is facing a raft of charges including failure to come to a stop when called to do so by police.

According to an Anderson County Sheriff's Office report, the man lost control of his sedan at about 8:20 a.m. on Dobbins Bridge Road in front of Robert Anderson Middle School. The Toyota Camry is said to have struck a parked car owned by a school crossing guard after leaving the roadway. A school resource officer says that she witnessed the accident and gave chase when the man attempted to flee the scene. The officer says that the ensuing chase came to an abrupt end after about five minutes when the man once again lost control of his vehicle and came to a rest in a dry pond behind the school.

The Anderson County Sheriff praised the actions of his deputies and assured parents that pupils at the school were not in danger at any time. In addition to several Anderson County violations, the man has been charged with reckless driving by the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division.

Those who have had few dealings with law enforcement often panic when they find themselves in a situation that could lead to criminal charges. While police often file as many traffic violation charges as possible in order to provide prosecutors with a strong position from which to begin plea negotiations, defense attorneys may seek more lenient treatment for their clients by pointing out mitigating factors such as a previous record of good behavior and sincere remorse.

Source: WYFF NBC Greenville, Man charged after hit-and-run in front of Upstate middle school, deputies say, Kathryn Andreoli, April 5, 2016

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