A police chase from Clinton to Enoree early this morning involved pursuit of a fleeing motorist up Interstate 385 as well as on other state and federal highways and secondary roads along the way.
The chase began when a Public Safety Officer observed a man at the Pilot Station on I-26 around 2 o’clock this morning. We understand the man had been arrested just this past weekend on a Driving under Suspension charge. This time, the man allegedly attempted to avoid another arrest, heading onto I-26 then up I-385. He reportedly exited and returned to the interstate more than once starting at Highway 308 and up to US 221. He reportedly did at least one turn-round, reversing direction, and drove through residential yards in the process. The 15-to-20 minute police chase apparently headed toward Enoree on US 221; then diverted to secondary roads. The chase eventually came to a stop when the fleeing driver had difficulties when the road he was on narrowed to a one-lane bridge. While not confirmed earlier this morning, the description of the scene sounds like the Beaverdam Church Road Bridge over the Enoree River. On entering the bridge, the fleeing car reportedly began bouncing from one side of the bridge to the other, striking the steel beams and the air bags were deployed in the car being chased.
The driver reportedly escaped through a passenger window and fled on foot into nearby woods. After some 100 feet or less of plunging through the briars of a thick underbrush, the suspect was taken into custody. He was being held in Clinton City Jail this morning as Clinton Public Safety and the Highway Patrol was working on just how many violations to charge the man with. We’ll have more on this tomorrow.