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Coroner: Taser didn't kill high-speed chase, crash suspect

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Deputies said a high-speed chase ended in a crash in Anderson County. (Oct. 13, 2013/FOX Carolina) Deputies said a high-speed chase ended in a crash in Anderson County. (Oct. 13, 2013/FOX Carolina)
Deputies said a high-speed chase ended in a crash in Anderson County. (Oct. 13, 2013/FOX Carolina) Deputies said a high-speed chase ended in a crash in Anderson County. (Oct. 13, 2013/FOX Carolina)
Deputies said a high-speed chase ended in a crash in Anderson County. (Oct. 13, 2013/FOX Carolina) Deputies said a high-speed chase ended in a crash in Anderson County. (Oct. 13, 2013/FOX Carolina)
Deputies said a high-speed chase ended in a crash in Anderson County. (Oct. 13, 2013/FOX Carolina) Deputies said a high-speed chase ended in a crash in Anderson County. (Oct. 13, 2013/FOX Carolina)
Deputies said a high-speed chase ended in a crash in Anderson County. (Oct. 13, 2013/FOX Carolina) Deputies said a high-speed chase ended in a crash in Anderson County. (Oct. 13, 2013/FOX Carolina)
ANDERSON, SC (FOX Carolina) -

The Anderson County coroner said the man who led deputies on a high-speed chase through Anderson County Sunday afternoon died at the hospital after he was shot with a Taser.

Sunday night, Coroner Greg Shore identified the man as 31-year-old Brad Evans, of Iva.

Anderson County deputies said they were called about a driver weaving in and out of traffic on Highway 24 in the Townville area.

The driver refused to stop for blue lights when they arrived on scene, deputies said, and led them on a chase through parts of the county that reached speeds over 100 mph.

Deputies said the Highway Patrol also got involved and took the lead on the chase.

Deputies said at one point, Evans swerved into an oncoming lane in an attempt to hit a deputy who was approaching from the other direction. Deputies said the deputy was able to avoid being hit.

At one point, Evans ran over a device called a stop-stick, which punctured the car's tires, according to deputies.

Deputies said the chase continued with Evans driving on the rims until the driver lost control and crashed into a fence at the intersection of Knowlandale Drive and Highway 81 near Iva.

Deputies said Evans ran away from the crash on foot and attempted to fight deputies, who chased him down.

Anderson County Sheriff John Skipper said deputies used a stun gun on Evans, who fell face down on the ground. Skipper said when deputies turned him on his back, they noticed his face was turning blue. He was then rushed to the hospital, Skipper said.

Skipper said Evans had a prior criminal record in Anderson County. The State Law Enforcement Division is investigating the incident.

The coroner said that Evans died at the hospital a short time later. Shore said Evans' grandmother told him that Evans had heart surgery at a young age and following an autopsy, he said Evans died from cardiac arrest brought on by methamphetamine use.

He said Evans had an abnormal heart because of the childhood heart issues that had been repaired through surgery. The pathologist does not believe the shot from the Taser killed Evans, according to Shore.

Shore said they are still waiting on additional toxicology reports to come back, but his death was likely accidental because of the drugs found in his system.

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