Rock Hill police officers used stop sticks — a tool designed to blow the tires on a car — to help apprehend a man wanted in the armed robbery of a Rock Hill KFC restaurant Tuesday afternoon.
Investigators working an unrelated traffic accident saw the suspect’s car — a Dodge Neon with N.C. plates — near the accident. Coley refused to stop and evaded officers, Rock Hill Police Department spokesman Mark Bollinger said.
The pursuit went to Heckle Blvd, then north through the city and ended at Cel-river Road and Eden Terrace when officers deployed stop sticks causing the suspect to lose control and crash into a ditch.
The cash drawer from yesterday’s armed robbery was recovered inside the vehicle, Bollinger said.
The suspect is identified as Jeffrey Coley, 50, of Fort Mill. He has been charged with armed robbery and possession of a handgun during a crime of violence. The Police Department and Highway Patrol will be placing traffic charges on Coley later Tuesday for the pursuit as well as the hit-and-run accident, Bollinger said.
During the pursuit he did strike another vehicle at the intersection of Dave Lyle and Springsteen Roads. There were no injuries in that collision, the South Carolina Highway Patrol is working that accident
Coley will be housed at the Rock Hill City Jail overnight with a tentative bond hearing scheduled for Wednesday morning.