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Man sought after driving truck into Wellford home arrested

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The damaged Windmill Circle home. (Sept. 20, 2013/FOX Carolina) The damaged Windmill Circle home. (Sept. 20, 2013/FOX Carolina)
A photo from the wreck. (Courtesy: Windmill Circle resident) A photo from the wreck. (Courtesy: Windmill Circle resident)
Harland Baker (Source: Spartanburg County Sheriff's Office) Harland Baker (Source: Spartanburg County Sheriff's Office)
WELLFORD, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Deputies said the Spartanburg County SWAT team was called to the scene where deputies  arrested a man they said ran away on foot after he crashed his mother's purple pickup truck into a Wellford home - even though he did not have a valid license or permission to drive.

A Spartanburg County deputy first spotted a truck believed to be connected to recent copper thefts about 7 p.m. Thursday near Brookside Village, so the officer turned around to investigate, according to a sheriff's office report.

While deputy turned around, the truck sped off, turned onto Windmill Drive then Windmill Circle where the deputy found the pickup had plowed into a home, the report said.

As the deputy pulled up, he said the driver ran away. The deputy spoke with two passengers, who identified the driver, according to the report.

Deputies said when they ran his name through their system, he did not have a valid license. Deputies said they also found an opened bottle of liquor in the truck.

While investigating the wreck, the truck's owner showed up, deputies said. She lives down the road and was also the driver's mother, according to the report.

She told deputies her son did not have permission to drive the truck because his license was suspended and because the truck was uninsured, the report said.

Deputies said they tried to find the homeowner, but neighbors said it was in probate court and the home was vacant.

One passenger was arrested on an outstanding shoplifting warrant and warrants were signed for the driver, identified as 26-year-old Harland Baker, deputies said.

Deputies said they were dispatched to a home on Balsam Lane in the Woodruff area early Sunday morning, after receiving a tip that Baker was hiding out there.

Deputies said Baker shouted obscenities at them from inside the house, but would not willingly come out or open the door.

Deputies said based on Baker's violent history and possible gang affiliation, they called a SWAT team and negotiators to the scene.

After several unsuccessful negotiation attempts, the SWAT team fired gas into the house, according to reports, and Baker soon surrendered.

Deputies determined three other people were in the house, but were not injured. According to reports, those people were identified and released.

Baker appeared before judge Sunday afternoon where he was given a $6,049 bond on his charges of reckless driving, driving under suspension third offense, operating a vehicle without registration, open container in a vehicle and use of a vehicle without permission.

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