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Master Trooper Jeffrey Swagger watches as the vehicle of a suspect in a two-county chase is loaded for transport.

This story was updated at 5 p.m. to include charges filed against the driver and at noon to correct the name of the driver of the vehicle.

A South Carolina man led state troopers on a two-county chase Wednesday morning that reached speeds of 125 miles per hour.

The chase ended in Hickory when the vehicle crashed on Interstate 40 between exits 123 and 125, according to Master Trooper Jeffrey Swagger.

Roger Desmond Burns III, 28, of Fort Mill, South Carolina was taken into custody at the scene of the crash. Swagger said he is still gathering information on the case but initial reports are that Burns fled the scene of a hit-and-run in Burke County.

He then traveled Interstate 40 into Catawba County, leaving the interstate and getting back on several times.

While traveling on the eastbound side of the interstate, troopers were able to force the Burn's vehicle into the median. Burns then drove on the westbound side where troopers once again made contact with the vehicle finally stopping it.

Swagger noted the Burn's vehicle struck a passenger vehicle in Catawba County, as well.

When the vehicle stopped, Swagger said Burris jumped the interstate railing and fled on foot. Troopers gave chase and arrested him on Hwy. 70 in Hickory.

Burns was charged with felony speeding to elude arrest, driving while under the influence, possession of drug paraphernalia, speeding, reckless driving, fictitious tag, no insurance, failure to heed to lights and sirens, driving the wrong way on a dual lane highway, assault on a government official and injury to real property. 

Burns was given an $8,500 bond.

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