Report: Man hits driver with stick, speeds off running bypass stoplights

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By Jesef Williams

A man reportedly hit a motorist with a stick before speeding off dangerously and running multiple red lights last month. 

A Lancaster woman said she was at the stop sign where Rugby Drive meets S.C. 9 Bypass just after 1 p.m. May 23, when she saw a man physically fighting with his female passenger, according to a Lancaster Police Department incident report. 

After the assault, the passenger got out the red Honda and began walking toward the bypass. 

The man then got out of the Honda, followed the passenger and yelled profanity at the woman in the car who filed the report, telling her to pull her car around the stopped Honda. 

However, the woman refused to pull around. 

That's when the man got a long stick, walked back to the woman’s Cadillac and swung it at her head, the report said. 

The woman said she was able to block most of the blow, though she was hit in the neck. 

As the woman was calling police, the man demanded that his passenger get back in the Honda. He then “drove off in an erratic manner,” the report said. 

The woman in the Cadillac followed the Honda to Canterbury Drive, where it made an abrupt turn into the Subway parking lot and then back onto the bypass. 

The man then sped off, running several red lights, the report said. 

“The vehicle was last seen passing McDonald’s (316 S.C. Bypass 9 East), at a high rate of speed,” an officer wrote in the report. 

The woman gave police a description of the man and a license tag number, which came back registered to another vehicle. 

No arrests have been made in the case. 

Contact reporter Jesef Williams at (803) 283-1152