Anderson Man Captured For Hart County High-Speed Chase

By MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia

Authorities in Anderson County have captured a suspect involved in a high-speed chase in Hart County on Christmas Day.

29-year old Michael David Brandon Chastain was arrested over the weekend by Anderson County Sheriff’s deputies.

According to Anderson County Sheriff’s Office Information Officer Chad McBride, Chastain was picked up at a convenience store on Shockley Ferry Road and South Main Street near Watson Village Sunday afternoon.

Hart County Sheriff Mike Cleveland said he was on hand Monday in Anderson for Chastain’s bond hearing.

According to Cleveland, Chastain was also charged in the South Carolina side of the high-speed chase.

“He has several charges over there,” Hart County Sheriff Mike Cleveland said Wednesday. “They don’t have assault and battery over there like we do so he was charged with assault of a high and aggravated nature.”

Chastain was given a $100,000 bond but remains in the Anderson County Detention Center.

Cleveland said it started when his dispatcher received a call Christmas Day about an erratic driver in a Chrysler 350 that was involved a case of road rage.

As Hart County deputies patrolled the area, Cleveland said that Chastain’s vehicle was spotted at the intersection of State Routes 51 and 77.

Hartwell Police joined in the high-speed chase, which reached speeds of up to 120 miles per hour through Hartwell on U.S. Highway 29.

Cleveland said the vehicle was chased into Anderson County, South Carolina to Good Hope Church Road where Chastain allegedly attempted to ram the Sheriff’s car and then escaped on foot.

In Hart County, Chastain is charged with felony fleeing and attempting to elude, reckless driving, speeding, and driving too fast for conditions.

In addition to the latest charges against him in Anderson County, Chastain was wanted there on numerous outstanding warrants including attempted murder, being involved with a chop shop, buying and selling vehicles with tampered ID’s, resisting arrest, failure to stop for a blue light, manufacturing of methamphetamine, receiving stolen goods $10,000 or more, criminal damage to property, petty larceny, and possession of a stolen vehicle.