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Suspect faces multiple charges after truck led deputy on chase through cemetery, crashed into headstones

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Damaged headstones at cemetery (Dec. 6, 2017/FOX Carolina) Damaged headstones at cemetery (Dec. 6, 2017/FOX Carolina)
Tracey Owens (Source: Anderson Co. Sheriff's Office) Tracey Owens (Source: Anderson Co. Sheriff's Office)
ANDERSON, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Anderson County deputies said a man has been charged following a chase on Wednesday morning that damaged a cemetery.

A spokesperson for the Anderson County Sheriff's Office said a deputy noticed a suspicious vehicle in a residential area near Milford Road. When a deputy approached the pickup truck, the driver fled, according to officials.

The South Carolina Highway Patrol said while the truck was being pursued, the driver ran off the road into a cemetery and struck a headstone. Deputies said lumber also fell out of the truck and damaged church property.

The chase resulted in damage to at least three headstones, along with visible skid marks on at least one foot stone.

SLIDESHOW: Headstones damaged after pickup truck crashes through cemetery

Pastor Timothy Edmonds with Bethany Baptist Church said he was told by authorities on scene that they were chasing a stolen vehicle when the detour into the cemetery was made.

Troopers said the driver went back on the highway before turning on Fagg Road where the driver crashed into a tree.

On Thursday, deputies confirmed Tracey Owens, 45, as the suspect. Owens was charged with failure to stop for blue light, possession of stolen vehicle, and petit larceny, per online jail records.

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