Man sought after police chase found hiding in ditch near Lake City

Nicholas Jones (FCDC)

Nicholas Jones, 37, was found hiding in a large canal ditch off of Matthews Road near Lake City during a manhunt for him Tuesday night, according to Lake City Police Chief Kip Coker.

Coker said Jones didn't stop for a check point on Matthews Road, but instead sped off.

He added that's when a chase started.

Officers lost sight of Jones, Coker said, but found his car wrecked on Matthews Road.

The Florence County Sheriff's Office K9 tracking team and Lake City Police Department K9 team conducted a manhunt for Jones.

Coker said a couple of hours later, they found him hiding in the canal ditch.

Jones is charged with failure to stop for a blue light, DUI, resisting arrest and a few more charges.

He's awaiting a bond hearing at the Florence County Detention Center.

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