South Congaree, SC (Paul Kirby) – A vehicle pursuit that initiated in Richland County Saturday ended in the town of South Congaree with two suspects in custody. The pursuit initiated when the car the suspects were in had its tag run by a Richland County deputy and it came bag stolen from another vehicle.
The pursuit entered into Lexington County after officers with the Cayce Department of Public Safety received word that the Richland County deputies were chasing a car whose driver had refused to yield for a traffic stop. Cayce officers closely monitored the pursuit that appeared to be headed their way.
The suspects did eventually cross into the City of Cayce where their officers looked for an opportune place to deploy their tire deflation devices to bring the pursuit to an end. Using these are not as simple as throwing them across the road in front of a fleeing car. An officer must get far enough ahead of a fleeing suspect to deploy them safely at just the right moment and place. The safety of other motorist, the officer throwing or unrolling the sticks, and the suspect’s ability to just drive around them all play a part. As this driver was bobbing and weaving through some of Cayce’s normally quiet streets, avenues, neighborhoods, and parts of the business district, it was soon was evident that no such appropriate spot could be predicted that chasing officers could herd the driver into. Eventually, the suspect realized that the well-trained deputies pursuing couldn’t be shaken by using turns and he got back on Charleston Highway headed south toward Gaston.
At some point the driver steered onto Fish Hatchery Road. By this time, as The Lexington Ledger posted updates to the pursuit to warn citizens and residents of its general direction via social media, followers begin updating those post with their own information as the fleeing driver and the parade of law enforcement officers passed them. It was one of these citizens who reported that the pursuit…