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Deputies: Greenville man crashes into tree, falls in briars running from cops

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John Shippy (Source: Spartanburg Co. Detention Center) John Shippy (Source: Spartanburg Co. Detention Center)
SPARTANBURG, SC (FOX Carolina) -

A Greenville man that fled from officers ended up crashing into a tree, then falling into briars before deputies were finally able to catch up and arrest him, according to the Spartanburg County Sheriff's Office.

A Spartanburg County deputy on patrol noticed a car going 60 in a 45 mph zone and when the officer tried to stop the car, it fled, according to the sheriff's office report.

The deputy gave chase, which reached a speed of 94 mph before the suspect's car went too fast trying to turn from Highway 221 onto Cleveland Chapel Road and crashed into a tree, the report stated. The driver then jumped out of the car and took off running, deputies said.

The report said the deputy ran after him before the man, later identified as John Shippy, turned into the woods. But Shippy, 27, did not get far because he fell into some thick brush and briars, deputies said.

The officer began to handcuff Shippy, but he could only get the cuffs on one of his hands because of the briars, the report said. Deputies said that's when Shippy shoved the officer and took off running again.

The deputy yelled to stop or he would shoot him with a stun gun, so Shippy slowed down and turned around, the report said. According to the report, the deputy did not know if Shippy had a weapon, so he fired his stun gun. Deputies said Shippy was struck in the back and fell to the ground.

Shippy's other hand was cuffed and he was taken into custody, deputies said.

While investigating the crash and trying to question Shippy, deputies said he gave them a fake name. The trooper at the scene told deputies he recognized Shippy and knew the name he gave was not correct.

The report said Shippy then gave another name with the same birth date, which was his actual birthday, according to the jail. Deputies said Shippy's nose was busted in the wreck, so he was taken to the hospital for treatment where he continued to refuse to give his name and birth date.

Shippy was then released and taken to the county jail on an active warrant in Spartanburg County for second-degree burglary and was also charged with driving under the influence, driving under suspension, giving false information to police, no drivers license, failure to stop for blue lights and resisting arrest, according to the report.

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