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Man to be charged for hitting deputy head on

Posted: May 18, 2017 5:07 p.m.
Updated: May 19, 2017 1:00 a.m.
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This sheriff’s office patrol vehicle was struck head-on by a vehicle being driven by a Camden man on U.S. 1 near Park Road in the Cassatt area Saturday night. The unnamed male deputy was treated at and then released from KershawHealth. The other driver was airlifted to Palmetto Richland and will be charged with DUI and other offenses once he is released from the hospital.

Once a Camden man is released from the hospital, the S.C. Highway Patrol (SCHP) plans to charge him with DUI (second offense), simple possession of marijuana and an ABC violation following a head-on collision with a Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO) deputy Saturday night.

According to a KCSO press release, Tony Ervin Hayes, 55, of Pipeline Road, Camden, crossed the center line while driving southbound on U.S. 1 near Park Road and struck a patrol vehicle in the northbound lane being driven by a deputy.

“Like the public at large, deputies are not immune from the actions of a drunk driver,” Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews said in the press release. “Body armor, airbags and a push guard added to the front of the patrol vehicle likely minimized injuries to the deputy. More importantly, I pray for my deputies’ safety every day and apparently God answered those prayers on Saturday night.”

Immediately following the wreck, the deputy -- whom Matthews declined to identify and who suffered no readily apparent severe injuries -- was able to get out of his vehicle and check on Hayes’ condition. Hayes turned out to be critically injured, had to be extricated from his vehicle and was airlifted Palmetto Health Richland where, according to the press release, he remains in intensive care with serious injuries.

An ambulance transported the deputy to KershawHealth where he was treated and released.

The SCHP investigated the collision and estimated both vehicles were travelling at 55 mph when Hayes crossed the center line and collided with the deputy.

According to the press release, SCHP troopers discovered marijuana and an open container of alcohol in Hayes’ vehicle.

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