Suspect arrested in manhunt spanning from Hardeeville to Hilton - - Columbia, South Carolina

Suspect arrested in manhunt spanning from Hardeeville to Hilton Head Island

Thomas Bryan (Source: Beaufort County Sheriff's Office) Thomas Bryan (Source: Beaufort County Sheriff's Office)
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A man has been arrested as a person of interest after a daylong manhunt spanning from Hardeeville to Hilton Head Island on Monday. 

Beaufort County Sheriff's deputies and Hardeeville Police tracked a man they say stole two different vehicles, leading officers on a chase twice before getting caught. 

Thirty-year-old Thomas Akeem Bryan was arrested Monday night at his home in the Oakview neighborhood off Spanish Wells Road, on Hilton Head Island. Police say he has outstanding felony warrants in Jasper County. 

Officials say it all started with a stolen minivan. Police attempted to pull the van over on Highway 278 around 11:30, Monday morning, but the driver kept going and officers followed. The minivan struck another car during the pursuit. The driver of that vehicle is expected to recover. After that, the driver of the minivan ran off the road in Sun City - then got out and ran on foot into a wooded area. It was later discovered that the minivan had been reported stolen out of Palmetto Dunes on Sunday. It's being processed for forensic evidence. 

Deputies say a male passenger remained behind in the minivan as the suspect got away. 

"We have one subject, the passenger, being questioned. The lady who was hit in the red car is not critical or anything, just shaken up. We had EMS come check her out," said Chief Sam Woodward, Hardeeville PD. 

Later in the afternoon, a truck was reported stolen from a home on Covern Drive in Sun City. Police attempted to pull the driver over on Highway 170, but the driver sped up and police quickly called off the chase so as to not put any other travelers in danger. Calls to dispatch eventually led deputies to Oak View Road on Hilton Head Island. That's where they found the truck, with no one inside. Joseph Miller, Sr. lives right across from the neighborhood where Thomas Bryan was caught and described to us what he saw. 

"I heard it on the news this morning that something happened in Hardeeville. Now, it wound up in the front of my house. I saw about 20 police cars, and I was afraid to come home, so I turned it back to find out what happened," Miller said. 

After talking with sheriff's deputies, we know that at least one of the outstanding felony warrants for Bryan stems from drug charges. Police say more charges are expected. 

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