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Deputies: Man turned himself in after crashing car into auto shop

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Scene of the crash into the auto shop. (Oct. 1, 2013/FOX Carolina) Scene of the crash into the auto shop. (Oct. 1, 2013/FOX Carolina)
Roland Griffin (Source: Greenville Co. Detention Center) Roland Griffin (Source: Greenville Co. Detention Center)

A traffic stop turned into a search for a driver after he abandoned his crashed car Tuesday night, according to Greenville County deputies.

According to Lt. Tim Ridgeway of the Greenville County Sheriff's Office, a deputy pulled the man over just before 10 p.m. and asked for his identification. 

When he was asked to step out of the car, Ridgeway said the suspect sped off before crashing into a building. According to his arrest warrant, the driver, identified as 26-year-old Roland Griffin, was driving fast through a 35 mph speed zone before crashing.

The car crashed into Burgess Auto Service on Easley Bridge Road.

Deputies said the driver fled on foot and they searched the area for a little while but did not locate him.

At some point, deputies said Griffin turned himself in.

Wednesday night, when Griffin bonded out of jail, he told FOX Carolina reporters that it was a misunderstanding and he was never trying to cause a scene.

He said he has a heart condition and when he gets nervous, his heartbeat becomes erratic and he can black out. He said he doesn't even remember driving away from the officers, just that he knows is that he ended up in the business.

Griffin said he ran because he was still in panic mode and that all he wanted to do was get home to his kids.

It wasn't until after midnight that he showed up to the law enforcement center, Griffin said, after he calmed down. He said he wanted to explain himself without being surrounded by blue lights.

He had been charged with reckless driving, driving under suspension, failure to stop for blue light and having no driver's license, according to deputies.

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