The punchline: Joker returns home

A Clarks Hill, S.C., pet lost after a wreck two weeks ago was reunited with his family Tuesday.

Joker, a 7-year-old Labrador retriever, ran away after he and his owner, Jacob Kramer, were involved in a wreck on Washington Road on Jan. 20. Police said Mr. Kramer's Nissan Titan flipped onto its side in front of The Pizza Joint after being struck by a car turning left onto Old Evans Road.

"I'm ecstatic," Mr. Kramer said Tuesday. "There are no words."

Joker's family posted fliers in the Evans area and visited places where people reported sightings.

Mr. Kramer said his dog had been frequenting the backyard of a Northwood Estates home off North Belair Road for a few days. He's been visiting Joker each morning, but the dog was scared and wouldn't let anyone approach him. On Tuesday morning, the homeowner was able to get close enough to leash Joker and return him to the Kramers.