CPD: Man arrested after fleeing from officer on stolen motorcycle

COLUMBIA, SC (WOLO)– The Columbia Police Department says a 36-year-old man has been charged in connection with the theft of two motorcycles. Police say Zachary N. Williams is charged with reckless driving, possession of a stolen vehicle, failure to stop for blue lights and driving without a license.

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Zachary Williams
Image: Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center

On June 23, a Columbia police officer says he saw Williams driving a 1997 Harley Davidson which was stolen from Brandon Avenue and recognized both the motorcycle and Williams from a “be on the lookout” police bulletin. Authorities say the officer initiated a traffic stop, but Williams refused and instead drove through multiple stop signs at excessive speeds until he wrecked and was quickly detained.

Authorities say EMS took Williams to a local hospital to treat injuries to his arms and legs.

Police say Williams is accused of stealing a Kawasaki motorcycle from a home on Edmond Drive on June 16. Investigators say they used forensic evidence to connect Williams to this theft.

Additionally, officials say Williams is wanted on similar charges by the South Carolina Highway Patrol.

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