Cops: St. Stephen man kidnaps girlfriend after ramming car

BERKELEY COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - Investigators say a 35-year-old man is back behind bars after he rammed his girlfriend's car and then kidnapped her in Berkeley County.

The Moncks Corner Police Department has charged 35-year-old Telly Darnek McClam with attempted murder, malicious injury to property and kidnapping. Authorities say McClam was released from prison last year on burglary charges.

Around 8 p.m. on Saturday, the 36-year-old victim told police it all started when McClam got upset at her after she told him that she was going to a cook out at her family's home.

According to the victim, McClam got into a vehicle and followed her. A police report states as the victim's vehicle was stopped at a red light, McClam rammed her car twice .

The victim then pulled into a park where there was community festival going on, and pulled up beside two marked police cars. The victim said McClam then came up to her vehicle, jerked on the window and shattered it.

Officers then located McClam who refused to talk about the incident.

A report states that 20 minutes after the incident, the victim's daughter ran to the responding police officer and said McClam had just taken her mother and drove off. According to the witness, McClam reached into the victim's car and started fighting her.

The witness said she then got out of the car and tried to help her mother.

Police say McClam was able to get a hold of the victim's jacket and pulled her into a truck. The witness said when she went to jump into the truck, McClam drove off with her mother.

Family members told authorities that they had spoken to McClam who told them that he would bring the victim back in about half an hour.

Investigators say when McClam never returned with the victim, police were able to trace her phone in Williamsburg County. Authorities at that location say deputies searched for the vehicle but were unable to locate it.

The victim then returned home around 4 a.m. and said McClam was in Greeleyville.

On Monday, officials with the St. Stephen Police Department say they received a tip that McClam was at the Money Man Pawn in Moncks Corner.

Officers say they spotted McClam's vehicle leaving the pawn shop and traveling behind a Hardees. Authorities then followed the vehicle and located McClam.

McClam was then transported to a hospital after he claimed he fell while jumping a fence as he was attempting to escape officers.

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