Driver crashes onto railroad tracks following chase through Pendleton

Pendleton Chase
Published: May. 23, 2023 at 4:35 PM EDT
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Pendleton, S.C. (FOX Carolina) - The Pendleton Police Department announced that a suspect was hospitalized Tuesday afternoon following a chase that ended in a crash.

Police Chief Robert Crosby said the incident started around 1:51 p.m. when he tried to stop a vehicle for reckless driving on South Mechanic Street. However, the driver refused the stop, and a chase began.

Crosby stated that dispatch checked the driver’s license plate and confirmed that it was reported stolen in Spartanburg.

According to Crosby, the chase continued in and out of town until the driver tried to turn onto East Queen Street but lost control and crashed down an embankment onto Norfolk Southern Railroad tracks. Following the crash, the driver was taken into custody and transported to the hospital as a precaution. Crosby confirmed that no officers were injured during the incident.

Crosby said the driver, Thomas Capell, was charged with driving under suspension, receiving stolen goods, failure to stop and reckless driving for the incident. Crosby added that Capell had been taken into custody by Pendleton Police Department before for allegedly stealing vehicles. He had also faced drug charges, including possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, and possession with intent to distribute fentanyl.