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Chesnee man sentenced in drug-fueled crime spree

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Chad Hollingsworth (Source: Spartanburg Co. Solicitor's Office) Chad Hollingsworth (Source: Spartanburg Co. Solicitor's Office)
SPARTANBURG, SC (FOX Carolina) -

A Chesnee man was given a 25-year prison sentence Monday for a August 2013 crime spree that included an armed standoff, carjacking and two high-speed chases. 

The solicitor's office said 35-year-old Chad Hollingsworth pleaded guilty to first-degree burglary, attempted murder, carjacking, resisting arrest with a deadly weapon, assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature, two counts of grand larceny and two counts of failure to stop for blue lights.

On Aug. 25, 2013, Hollingsworth broke into a home on S. Kentucky Avenue in Spartanburg County, according to the solicitor's office.

A nearby police officer responded, after Hollingsworth was found by the residents which led to a foot chase through several neighborhoods.

At one point, he attempted to steal an occupied truck and then eventually stole a car at a gas pump at the Hot Sport on Highway 221.

Before leaving the gas station parking lot, deputies tried to pull him over but the car continued to move, causing one officer to fire his gun and the other to jump out of the way. 

Hollingsworth then led police on a high-speed chase through Cherokee and Rutherford counties.

The chase eventually ended with a wreck on Casey Creek Road. Hollingsworth then jumped into Lake Blalock in an attempt to get away.

During the plea, Hollingsworth told Judge Roger Couch he was on meth and didn't realize the consequences of his action, according to the solicitor's office.

"Meth can change someone's life in the blink of an eye," solicitor Barry Barnette said. "I hope people look at today's sentence and think about the consequences of their actions. I'm thankful nobody was hurt by the defendant's dangerous actions," Barnette added.

Hollingsworth must serve 80 percent of his sentence before he is eligible for release.

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