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Suspect injured following high speed pursuit

Posted: July 5, 2018 4:14 p.m.
Updated: July 6, 2018 1:00 a.m.
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Ashley Henry

A 24-year-old Elgin woman suffered non-life threatening injuries after she flipped the SUV she was using to flee from Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO) deputies on June 29.

According to a KCSO press release, deputies arrested Ashley Nicole Henry, 24, of Bowman Avenue, Elgin, and charged her with a second offense of driving under suspension and failure to stop for a blue light. The high speed pursuit ended when Henry lost control of the vehicle and ran off the road, flipping the SUV.

“Bad choices by Ms. Henry resulted in a more serious charge and the total loss of a rental car,” said Chief Deputy Jack Rushing in the press release. “She is lucky that neither she nor her passenger were killed because of her decision to try and avoid a minor charge by fleeing.”

According to the KCSO, deputies were conducting a safety checkpoint at the intersection of Cherokee Boulevard and Gibbs Road in Elgin when they saw Henry’s white Jeep approach, stop, turn around and head in the opposite direction at a high rate of speed.

Two deputies pursued the Jeep as it continued on Bookman Road. When Henry passed another vehicle on a solid yellow line, she attempted to return to her lane and lost control of the rented Jeep. The SUV left the roadway, crashed into some trees and flipped over, landing on its roof.

According to the press release, pursuing deputies ran to the vehicle to determine the extent of injuries and to see if any occupants had been ejected. Henry crawled out of a window and limped away from the SUV. She stated that she was the driver and that there was only one passenger. The only passenger, identified as a North Augusta man, also crawled out of a window and was assisted away from the Jeep. One of the deputies observed flames coming from the SUV and alerted the other deputy, both of whom assisted Henry and the North Augusta man in getting further away from the vehicle.

Deputies called EMS and fire units to the scene. The North Augusta man refused treatment and was released. EMS transported Henry, who had been complaining of a hip injury, to Palmetto Health Richland, where she was treated and released. Deputies then transported her to the Kershaw County Detention Center. Deputies issued her summonses for failure to stop for a blue light and driving under suspension (second offense). Because of the KCSO’s involvement, the S.C. Highway Patrol investigated the accident.

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