UPDATED: SC Highway Patrol troopers & LCSD deputies catch fleeing suspect after pursuit
Gilbert, SC – 05/02/2021 (Paul Kirby) – SC State troopers were able to get a driver to finally stop after he led several agencies on a pursuit that started near Lexington. Two were detained by the troopers and deputies and handed over to Lexington County sheriff’s deputies who then transported to the Lexington County Detention Center of Gibson Road.
According to Captain Adam Myrick, spokesman for Sheriff Koon, a deputy saw a vehicle driving recklessly down Sunset Blvd. The vehicle was driving down the median, it passed numerous vehicles, and nearly caused several collisions. The deputy attempted to stop the vehicle and the suspect initiated a pursuit.
The driver was on Sunset Boulevard heading out toward I-20 when a Lexington Police officers was assigned to assist the deputy for added safety. Both of those agencies disengaged when the driver entered I-20 west in the construction zone at the Sunset Blvd. interchange. At this point, SC State troopers were able to quickly identify the fleeing suspects and they picked up the pursuit.
Because of the dangers of the construction zone, supervisors were monitoring the activity closely as other troopers quickly vectored in on the fleeing suspect. At some point, the pursuit got out of the construction and a tire deflation device was deployed to try and bring the pursuit to an end. The fleeing driver was able to steer around that, but the troopers and deputies who had rejoined after the construction zone were quickly closing in.
A K-9 unit joined at some point so the law enforcement officers would be prepared should the suspects stop and flee on foot. As they approached the Gilbert area of I-20 and the Old Charleston Road overpass, the driver eventually drove into some woods and then ran away. He quickly surrendered right after an LCSD K-9 was deployed.
Captain Myrick said that Lucas Viglianco, 38, was the driver that was taken into custody. He’s charged with reckless driving and failure to stop for blue lights.