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Georgia fugitive caught after high-speed chase

Suspect, cop injured in crash

Posted: February 20, 2015 2:19 p.m.
Updated: February 23, 2015 1:00 a.m.
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Andreas Dominic Washington

Officers from three law enforcement agencies arrested a Georgia man wanted for attempted murder after he led Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO) deputies on a high speed chase on I-20 and then crashed head-on into a Bishopville Police Department (BPD) car. The collision sent both the suspect, Andreas Dominic Washington, 34, and the BPD officer driving the patrol car to the hospital. Officers found Washington in possession of a half-ounce of crack cocaine when they apprehended him.

According to a KCSO press release, Washington fled when a traffic unit deputy saw him driving 105 mph near mile marker 102 on I-20. The deputy gave chase, with speeds reaching 110 mph and Washington throwing items out the passenger side window.

Lee County authorities joined the pursuit at mile marker 114 and the KCSO deputy allowed a Lee County deputy to take the lead position in the chase. Washington exited I-20 onto S.C. 341 and, within a mile, crashed head-on with the BPD police car. Although both Washington and the officer were taken to the hospital, neither suffered serious injury, according to the press release.

Authorities discovered Washington’s car was a rental, and found the half-ounce of crack cocaine inside. Investigators are reviewing police car video recordings trying to determine if Washington threw more crack or other illegal items out of the car during the chase.

The KCSO learned Washington is wanted by the Atlanta Police Department for aggravated assault with intent to murder. He is also currently out on bond on a narcotics charge from Darlington County. Kershaw County authorities will charge Washington with failure to stop for a blue light, speeding 105 mph in a 70 mph zone, trafficking crack cocaine and DUI. Additional charges may be forthcoming.

According to the press release, Washington has been arrested before for assault and battery, multiple counts of disorderly conduct, multiple counts of possession of marijuana and crack cocaine, disobedience to police, criminal domestic violence, filing a false police report, a federal charge of being a felon in possession of a firearm, federal probation violation, hit and run, theft by receiving stolen property, DUI, willful obstruction of law enforcement officers by use of force, terroristic threats and acts, multiple accounts of failure to appear, battery, criminal interference with government property, driving under suspension and fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer.

In an email to the media around 10 a.m. Friday, Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews said Washington was still under hospital observation, but was expected to be released shortly and be transported to the Kershaw County Detention Center.

“We have been in contact with the Atlanta Police Department, (which) will extradite at the appropriate time,” Matthews said in the email. “He is wanted for attempted murder after he shot someone seven times.”

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