COLUMBIA, S.C. (WACH) - Richland County deputies have arrested a Georgia man who they say traveled to Columbia to meet up with a 13-year-old girl for sex.
Authorities say a deputy spotted a vehicle parked at a vacant business on Alpine Road in Columbia shortly before 3 a.m. on July 7. When the deputy approached the vehicle and turned on his lights, investigators say he saw two people in the back seat. That's when the deputy says a man jumped in the driver's seat and drove away.
At least twice during the chase, the man braked and drove off the road and when he eventually stopped, authorities say Derek Nelson, 30, got out of the car and approached the deputy wearing just a t-shirt.
Officials say Nelson told the deputy he was “hooking up” with a girl he met on the internet and drove off because he got scared when the deputy approached his car.