Lexington County pursuit ends with driver’s arrest in Richland County
West Columbia, SC (Paul Kirby) - Lexington County sheriff's deputies pursued a vehicle in the West Columbia area Monday afternoon after a driver struck one of their vehicles in a parking lot. According to Captain Adam Myrick of the Lexington County Sheriff's Department, the pursuit started in an area close to the interstate.
Captain Myrick said Monday evening that one of their departmental vehicles was in the parking lot of a business close to the intersection of I-26 and Augusta Road Monday afternoon when a driver collided with it. Instead of stopping and exchanging information, the driver of the other vehicle sped away initiating a pursuit.
Citizen said they saw the vehicle and driver fleeing officers at a high rate of speed with cruisers close behind it in multiple areas of the City of West Columbia. The public reported the fleeing driver eventually led the pursuit out Charleston Highway toward the Gaston / Swansea area. One woman said that the deputies from the South Region came flying past her as they headed in toward the city to try and stop the speeding suspect. She said there were both marked and unmarked cars, and all were using the warning lights and sirens on the cruisers.
Captain Myrick said that the fleeing driver made his way into Richland County. Deputies from that county eventually apprehended the driver near Garners Ferry and Bluff Roads in a subdivision. Myrick did not provide any details regarding the driver's name, or what he was being booked on.