Laurens County deputies had Highway 308 blocked near the scene of the crash. (Dec. 3, 2012/FOX Carolina)
From left to right: Casey Sandlin, William White and Woodrow Byars. (Spartanburg Co. Sheriff's Office)
LAURENS, SC (FOX Carolina) -
Three people were charged Monday in connection with a chase through two counties that ended with a crash.
Laurens County Sheriff Ricky Chastain said three people were headed to the hospital after a vehicle being chased crashed on Highway 308 near Highway 221 about 5:10 a.m. but it all started about 4 a.m. in Spartanburg County.
According to a Spartanburg County incident report, a deputy spotted the vehicle along Highway 29 at Highway 80 run a red light then swerve to miss the median. The deputy said he tried to stop the vehicle, which continue to speed off onto Lister Road. The deputy began chase, which continued for a while reaching speeds up to 90 mph, the report said.
The deputy called off the chase until he had backup, then multiple patrol cars began chasing the vehicle again. Deputies said as they approached the Tyger River bridge over Highway 221 headed towards Laurens County, they saw something was thrown out of the a passenger window into the river.
As the chase entered Laurens County, deputies had stop sticks positioned, which popped the suspect's tires along with a Spartanburg County deputy's patrol car, the report said.
Chastain said the driver being chased was blocked in at two different locations, so he rammed his car into patrol cars to get them out of the way until they used a maneuver, forcing the vehicle into a ditch. Chastain said some of his patrol cars were damaged.
He said paramedics along with Spartanburg County deputies and Wellford police also responded to the crash. According to Chastain, no deputies were injured and those injured inside the chased car were not serious. Deputies said they were later released from the hospital.
Spartanburg County deputies said the suspect's tag did not match the vehicle, which was a black pickup truck. Deputies said the truck was reported stolen from Greer. Greer police said the truck was reported stolen on Nov. 23 from Tires Unlimited on Wade Hampton Boulevard, along with a weapon.
Deputies said 23-year-old Woodrow Byars, 24-year-old Casey Sandlin and 17-year-old William White were each charged with receiving stolen goods. All three were being held in the county jail, where they await bond hearings.
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