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Suspect leads Cayce officers on chase before fleeing on foot in the West Columbia area

Cayce, SC (Paul Kirby) – A suspect led Cayce DPS officers on a high-speed chase Sunday afternoon that at times reached speeds approaching 100 miles per hour. The chase ended when the suspect bailed out of the car and fled on foot in West Columbia.

The suspect initiated the pursuit in one of the older portions of Cayce after the initial officer activated his warning lights and siren to stop the suspect’s vehicle. Instead of stopping, the driver sped up, fleeing down Frink Street toward the 12th Street Extension.

This was where the suspect's vehicle tried to pull away from the pursuing patrol car as the driver accelerated to speeds above 90 miles an hour. When the suspect realized his car’s capabilities were no match for the powerfully equipped police car or its experienced driver, he tried to shake off the officer by cutting through several of the older neighborhoods and streets of the area.

During the entire incident, Cayce’s on-duty supervisor was monitoring the pursuit by radio, considering the level of traffic on the streets, and other important factors that determined whether the pursuit could continue. This is all outlined in the department’s policy and procedure manual that all officers are taught. Because traffic was light, the officer was allowed to stay in contact with the fleeing vehicle in an attempt to get a better identification of its driver.

Eventually the chase turned onto Knox Abbott Drive, went around to Hamburger Hill, and the turned off onto Wessinger Street near Arby’s. By this time, West Columbia officers had been notified that the suspect appeared to be heading into their jurisdiction, and they were already responding in an attempt to intercept.

The driver turned onto Platt Springs Road at the West Columbia Post Office, and the pursuit was terminated near Boozer Street when the driver was forced to stop. It was at this location that the young man jumped from the car and fled on foot. Officers from Cayce and West Columbia quickly set up a perimeter in that area and began to look for him. It was not clear as of this writing if that suspect has been taken into custody.

The suspect was described by officers as a black man wearing tan or khaki short pants, a black t-shirt, and possibly a ball cap. Cayce Police supervisors’ have not yet said why the officer first tried to stop the vehicle. When the suspect is arrested, he will be facing a multitude of charges stemming from the pursuit. We will update this story later as more information becomes available.

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