Authorities in Greenville County have charged a driver with DUI after the driver stole and then crashed a patrol vehicle belonging to the county. The incident took place in the early hours of this Sunday.
Deputies with the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office shared details of the incident. According to the deputies, they were notified of erratic driving by one of the patrol vehicles on the Highway 124. The vehicle in question was a 2017 Dodge Charger belonging to the Greenville County.
Following reports of dangerous driving, attempts were made by the deputies to locate the vehicle. In the meanwhile, the caller who had alerted the deputies about the erratic patrol vehicle followed the vehicle and stayed with it.
However, the caller lost view of the stolen vehicle briefly. It was later than a rescue truck identified and reported the vehicle in Pickens County. By this time, the suspect who stole the vehicle had crashed it on the Fars Bridge Road. The suspect had apparently driven the vehicle off the road and then hit an embankment. The vehicle then overturned which is when the suspect exited it and escaped. According to the details available so far, the suspect didn’t sustain any notable injuries in the crash.
Later investigations by the deputies revealed that the suspect had stolen the patrol vehicle from the residence of a deputy in Pickens County. The driver who took off with the vehicle was apparently drunk and a formal charge of DUI has been brought up against him.
The police have arrested one suspect so far but it isn’t clear if this was the person who actually stole and crashed the vehicle. The Pickens County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the incident at this time. It remains to be seen if any other charges besides DUI will be brought up against the suspect.
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