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Deputies: Suspect in custody after pursuit, stolen Public Works truck crashes in Laurens County

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Rickey Summerall (Source: Laurens Co. Detention) Rickey Summerall (Source: Laurens Co. Detention)
Scene of the crash on Ora Road (FOX Carolina/ Feb. 8, 2018) Scene of the crash on Ora Road (FOX Carolina/ Feb. 8, 2018)
LAURENS, SC (FOX Carolina) -

An investigation is underway after a Laurens Public Works truck was stolen and later crashed on Ora Road Thursday morning, according to the Laurens County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies said that the truck was stolen from the Public Works Department. Laurens Police later spotted the truck in the county.

According to police, an officer in an unmarked vehicle began following the suspect after they passed the truck on Highway 221. Police said once the suspect realized he was being followed, he took off and the officer initiated a pursuit. 

The chase lasted seven miles before stop sticks were deployed, officers said. 

Police said the driver's side tires hit the sticks, causing the driver to lose control. According to officers, the driver overcorrected, crossed the center line, and hit a tree that caused him to spin out into a field.

The suspect was flown by chopper to Greenville Health System, police said. 

Officers said the he was later released from the hospital and was booked into the Laurens County Detention Center. He was identified as 34-year-old Rickey Summerall Jr.

According to jail records, Summerall is charged with grand larceny, failure to stop for blue lights, driving under suspension and driving under the influence - less than 0.10.

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