Authorities investigate weekend crash

By: By Beth Lawrence -

LAURINBURG – A Bennettsville, South Carolina, man remains in critical condition following an accident on X-Way Road Saturday morning.

Ja’Don Mandell Jacobs, 24, of Aaron Temple Church Road, is still listed as critical condition at UNC Medical Center’s trauma center, according to Trooper Stein Davis of North Carolina Highway Patrol.

The single-vehicle rollover accident happened around 7:30 a.m. on X-Way Road just past Dunc Pate Road on a sharp right-hand curve.

“He was exceeding the speed limit and ran off to the right and struck a ditch. That’s when the car flipped,” Davis said. “He was speeding around that curve and lost control of his car in the curve.”

Jacobs was ejected from the car in the accident.

Speed played a factor in the crash. Davis estimated that Jacobs was traveling between 65 and 70 MPH. Davis also believes alcohol could have been a contributing factor.

Jacobs was semi-conscious at the scene.

Scotland County EMS transported him to a nearby field where he was airlifted to UNC Medical Center by the UNC Air Care life flight team.

The life flight helicopter was able to find a clear landing space in the field for a quicker and more expedient extraction, according to Roylin Hammond director of Scotland County EMS.

High speed chase

In a separate traffic report, police have arrested a Laurinburg man following a report of a person with a gun and a high-speed chase.

Kenneth Anderson, of North Caledonia Road was arrested on numerous charges including assault and felony fleeing to elude arrest and exceeding the posted speed limit for a chase that that saw speeds in excess of 100 mph at times, according to Assistant Police Chief Terry Chavis

Police received a call at 2:09 p.m. concerning a person with a gun on Hood Drive, but the suspect left before officers arrived.

“The reports said that he was pointing the gun at people in the area, one officer got to the scene and gave out a description; another officer passed him and that’s when chase started,” Chavis said.

Police chased Anderson out into the county and along Stewartsville Road before he turned onto Barnes Bridge. The chase continued onto US 501 South and right onto McQueen Road where officers lost sight of his car, according to the police report.

Anderson turned himself in to police two hours later after his grandparents convinced him to do so, according to Chavis.

Anderson was charged with felony fleeing, elude arrest with motor vehicle, exceeding posted speed limit, speeding and six stop sign violations.

Two victims also swore out warrants for assault on a female, injury to real property and threatening phone calls.

He was jailed under a 2,000 secured bond.


By Beth Lawrence

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