Deputies arrest Hill for car assault

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SWAT team called to Doby’s Bridge Road after man barricades himself inside home

By Chris Sardelli

 An Indian Land man is behind bars after a highway assault led to a prolonged chase with deputies and ended with the man barricaded inside a home. 

Chad Spencer Hill, 37, 113 Whitesides Drive, was charged Tuesday, March 18, with first-degree assault and battery and failure to stop for blue lights and sirens, said Lancaster County Sheriff Barry Faile. 

Deputies began chasing Hill soon after responding to a 911 call at 6:50 p.m. about an ongoing assault by a motor vehicle along Doby’s Bridge Road, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report. 

A dispatcher relayed information to deputies from the victim, a 19-year-old Indian Land woman, who said her car was being repeatedly rear-ended by a white Cadillac Escalade driven by a white man, the report said. 

“(The victim) was forced off the road near the Indian Land Elementary School and the subject in the white Escalade continued to Charlotte Highway (U.S. 521) and traveled south,” a deputy wrote in the report. 

As deputies responded to the scene, a deputy who was driving his personal vehicle reported he was following the Escalade south along Charlotte Highway. He then continued to give deputies the location of the SUV as the driver made a U-turn and headed north along the road.

Another deputy found several vehicles stopped on the side of Doby’s Bridge Road, including the 19-year-old woman’s red car that had rear-end damage.

“(The victim) was crying hysterically and was unable to give very much information other than vehicle and suspect description,” a deputy wrote. 

The deputy also spoke with a 43-year-old Charlotte man who also reported his vehicle was struck by the Escalade, the report said. 

A deputy caught up to the Escalade and turned on his blue lights and siren to stop the SUV, though the man continued driving north on Charlotte Highway.

After making another U-turn and then driving onto Whitesides Drive, the driver ran from the SUV toward the back door of a home in the 100 block, the report said. A deputy tried to fire a Taser at the man, but missed, and the driver went inside the home.

“Once inside the residence the suspect locked and barricaded the door,” the report said. 

Deputies set up a perimeter and tried to call the man, who would not answer the phone. 

The Lancaster County SWAT team was called to the scene. Traffic was shut down along both the north and southbound lanes of Charlotte Highway. 

“A throw phone was deployed into the residence in an attempt to get Hill to communicate with Capt. (Eric) Brown who is trained as a crisis negotiator,” a deputy wrote in the report. “Several attempts were made to get Hill to answer the phone, but he failed to do so.”

Members of the SWAT team then forced their way through a back door and arrested Hill without incident. 

Investigators examined Hill’s SUV and found front-end damage and red paint, which matches the color of the 19-year-old victim’s car, the report said. 

Faile said the case is ongoing and he expects more charges may be filed against Hill. 

“We’re still investigating this. He’s probably going to have some more charges coming, but we’re waiting to talk to some more people,” Faile said Wednesday evening, March 19. 


Contact reporter Chris Sardelli at (803) 416-8416