Pelion, SC (Paul Kirby) – Just before 5:00 a.m. Wednesday morning, law enforcement officers began to flood an area just east of the Town of Pelion after what some residents of the area said was an end to a car chase. This all occurred on Hilton Yonce Road, a private road that runs off Pelion Road close to where it turns from pavement to dirt.
One woman who lives on the private, dead-end road said that she was preparing to leave her home for the morning when she saw a van speed by her house with several cruisers close behind. She said she couldn’t identify the make or the color because it was dark, and things were happening so fast. She knew that if the van was running, the driver had made a mistake because the road is one way in, one way out. The woman said that shortly after the parade of vehicles passed her home, she and her husband heard what they believed were gunshots being fired from the direction of the dead-end. Several other residents of the road said that Lexington County sheriff’s deputies then began flooding the area and as many as a dozen cruisers had gone down the road toward the end.
Independent sources say that the whole incident started in the Town of Lexington area. The vehicle was pursued by law enforcement into Richland County with the assistance of SC state troopers. Eventually, Richland County took over and the vehicle led them back into Lexington County and down to Hilton Yonce Road. We have received confirmation from law enforcment that shots were fired at the end of the chase. Representatives of the Lexington County Coroner's Office are now on the scene of the incident.
Captain Adam Myrick of the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department said that the LCSD was not the lead agency in the action. They are there in a supporting role. Lance Corporal David Jones of the SCHP said that deputies from Richland County were the lead in the pursuit when it ended. We have tried to contact that agency and are waiting on their response.