County Sheriff Allegedly Flees In 100 MPH High Speed Chase

A high-speed chase on December 28 was unusual in that the accused is a county sheriff in South Carolina. During the late December chase, speeds allegedly reached 100 mph as the accused allegedly ran a red light while driving a Berkeley County pickup truck.

Vehicle Allegedly Rear-ended 

A police report detailed how the pickup driven by the sheriff allegedly rear-ended another vehicle at approximately 5:30 a.m. on December 28. The driver of that vehicle went to an area hospital as a precaution, and the report estimates that the collision caused about $7,000 worth of damage to his vehicle. Since the sheriff allegedly did not stop, he faces a charge of leaving the scene of an injury accident.

Officer in Pursuit

The chase began when a police officer on his way to work in Hanrahan gave chase after the pickup allegedly swerved around the squad car before speeding off. When the sheriff did stop, he allegedly forgot to put the pick up into park, and two officers had to jump into the vehicle to stop it from rolling away.

Drunk Driving Suspected 

He reportedly failed field sobriety tests, and he refused to take a portable breath test. An officer stated that he found an open container of alcohol in the pickup truck. The sheriff now also faces a DWI charge.

Dash-cam Details Arrest 

On Monday, January 5, the South Carolina Highway Patrol released a dash-cam video that recorded the man’s arrest. One day earlier, in a private swearing-in ceremony, the sheriff began his sixth term as the Berkeley County Sheriff. He has served in that capacity since 1994. Last June, he won the Republican primary, and he ran unopposed in the general election in November.

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