Man located by search teams after fleeing the scene of an accident

Published 11:46 am Tuesday, July 18, 2023

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POLK COUNTY—Police and emergency services searched the Peniel Rd. area on Friday after a man was involved in a crash and fled the scene.

The 23-year-old male, whose name has not been released, fled the scene of a crash on foot around 3 a.m. on Thursday morning and was reported missing by his parents Friday afternoon.

The Polk County Sherriff’s Office and Polk Emergency Management began searching the area on Thursday, with assistance from Spartanburg Emergency Management and Spartanburg Search and Rescue, and were briefly able to locate him before he fled back into a heavily wooded area. Residents near the search area were contacted directly by authorities.

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J.J. Suave of PCSO said that the man was eventually located and charged with misdemeanor fleeing the scene of an accident by the North Carolina Highway Patrol. There was never any danger to the public.