Newberry deputy wrecks patrol vehicle during pursuit

NEWBERRY COUNTY, SC (WIS) - A Newberry County Deputy is recovering at home after crashing his patrol vehicle while trying to catch someone driving at over 100 miles per hour.

Around 3:30 Friday morning, a Newberry County Deputy was stopped completing a report in his vehicle on S.C. Highway 121 near U.S. Highway 176 when a vehicle passed him an extremely high rate of speed. The deputy attempted to catch up to the vehicle but lost it.

Another deputy near Highway 76 and Old Newberry Highway turned onto Old Whitmire Highway to look for the vehicle. Near the intersection of Old Whitmire Highway and Folk Road, the deputy met the vehicle traveling 104 miles per hour, according to Foster. Old Whitmire Highway is a 50 mile per hour zone.

The deputy turned around to attempt to catch up to the vehicle and during his acceleration the back tire of the car caught a freshly repaired pot hole and the loose gravel caused the deputy to lose control of the police vehicle and wreck, according to Foster.

The deputy was shaken up by the incident, but was not injured.

According to Foster, neither officer was ever in a "chase" with the suspect vehicle; however, both were making an effort to catch the vehicle and "take such a reckless and dangerous driver from the roads."

No vehicle description is available for the suspect vehicle at this time.

If you have any information about this case, please contact the Newberry County Sheriff's Office at (803) 321-2222 or www.newberrycountysheriff.com.

You can also contact Crime Stoppers at 1-888-CrimeSC, www.sccrimestoppers.com or text your tip to "TIPSC plus your message" to CRIMES (274637).

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