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KCSO seeking suspect who ‘launched’ Camaro into creek

Posted: February 8, 2018 3:52 p.m.
Updated: February 9, 2018 1:00 a.m.
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This late model Chevy Camaro rests in the muddy waters of a creek near Old English Road in the southern Lugoff-Elgin area after a suspect “launched” it over an embankment during a high speed pursuit involving Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office deputies Tuesday afternoon. The man, who fled from the scene and had not been caught as of Thursday afternoon, is described as an African-American man wearing a white T-shirt with a red stripe, and dark pants, possibly blue jeans.

 

The Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO) is seeking the whereabouts of a man they said eluded deputies after “launching” the late model Chevrolet Camaro he was driving into a creek near Old English Road in the southern part of the Lugoff-Elgin area.

According to a KCSO press release, a deputy patrolling U.S. 601 South saw the Camaro being driven at a high rate of speed around 2:30 p.m. Tuesday. The deputy activated his radar and determined the Camaro was traveling at 72 mph in a 55 mph speed limit zone.

The deputy activated his blue lights and siren and attempted to stop the vehicle. However, the driver of the vehicle -- who had not been positively identified at the time the KCSO issued its press release -- sped up, turned down Old English Road and led the deputies on a pursuit. Deputies pursued the Camaro to the end of Old English Road and continued as the driver of the Camaro turned right and proceeded along some power lines. The driver of the Camaro continued at a high rate of speed, but unbeknownst to him, the dirt road ended at a hill overlooking a creek. With deputies continuing their pursuit, the suspect “launched” the Camaro off the embankment and into the creek.

Deputies saw the driver climb out of the Camaro, which was buried in the mud and partially submerged, and flee on foot. He was described as an African-American man wearing a white T-shirt with a red stripe, and dark pants, possibly blue jeans. Deputies called for the bloodhound tracking team and asked for assistance from a S.C. State Law Enforcement Division helicopter. The search for the suspect continued until dark, but with negative results.

According to KCSO Chief Deputy Jack Rushing, deputies are fairly sure they know who the driver is, but are waiting on DNA results to positively ascertain the suspect’s identity before they obtain a warrant.

“This is the second pursuit this year that ended up with the suspect driving a vehicle into a body of water,” Rushing said in the press release. “Our deputies caught the first suspect. I am confident that we will catch this most recent one as well.”

 

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