Fugitive connected to 2 Southern Tier fatal crashes caught in South Carolina

INMAN, S.C. - A fugitive from justice, with a history connecting him to two fatal crashes in our area, has been captured in South Carolina following a massive manhunt there.

The Spartanburg County Sheriff's Office arrested Jemark Ballenger Thursday in Inman, South Carolina.

The Sheriff's Office there says Ballenger is wanted here in Broome County on charges of Vehicular and/or Negligent Manslaughter in relation to an August 2015 crash that killed a Johnson City man.

At the time, New York State Police reported that Ballenger failed to negotiate a left hand turn while driving on Hawleyton Road in the Town of Binghamton, left the road and struck a tree.

Both Ballenger and front seat passenger, 29 year-old Troy McIver had to be cut from the car.

McIver was pronounced dead at the scene.

Ballenger was taken to the hospital with a broken leg and broken arm.

At the time, police said that alcohol was a factor and that charges were pending but Ballenger skipped town before he could be arraigned.

Thursday's manhunt led to schools near Inman being put on lockdown as Ballenger allegedly broke into a house to evade capture.

Back in 2011, Ballenger was sentenced to state prison for having caused the 2009 highway crash that killed mother and daughter Constance and Michelle Curtin.


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