Tuesday, March 12, 2013
The Dorchester County Sheriff’s Office is looking for a man suspected of stealing a SUV and leading law enforcement officers on a high-speed chase before wrecking the vehicle on a dirt road and apparently escaping on foot.
According to a DCSO incident report, the situation started unfolding at about 7:40 a.m. March 4 when a Summerville woman started her vehicle and left it unattended, unlocked, and running in her driveway to warm it up while she went back inside. When she returned about five minutes later, the vehicle, a silver-colored 2011 Chevrolet Equinox was gone.
An officer reported seeing the vehicle on Central Avenue and got behind it with blue lights on but instead of pulling over; the driver accelerated and began to pass vehicles. The vehicle made several turns and officers were able to describe the subject driving it as a white male about 23 years old with brown or dirty blond hair.
The vehicle eventually made it to U.S. 17-A headed toward Walterboro, where the driver hit speeds of more than 100 miles per hour, then hit Parkers Ferry Road and U.S. 17.
When the driver turned onto Spring Grove Road, off U.S. 17, he lost control of the vehicle, hitting a ditch and flipping it several times. Officers arrived at the scene and yelled for the subject to stop but when they reached the vehicle he was not there.
Despite the aid of two K-9 teams and a helicopter, officers were unable to locate the subject.
The victim said she would prosecute if the subject is found and arrested. The investigation continues.