Driver leads deputies on high speed chase in Kershaw County

Driver leads deputies on high speed chase in Kershaw County

KERSHAW COUNTY, SC (WIS) - Kershaw County Sheriff's Office deputies arrested Henry Neville Brice, 62, from Blackstock, SC following a high speed pursuit in Lugoff Friday.

Shortly after 5:00 a.m., a Kershaw County Sheriff's Office deputy attempted to stop a late model Nissan Maxima for speeding 85mph in a 55mph zone.

The driver of the vehicle, Henry Brice, fled from the deputy and led him on a chase exceeding speeds of 120 mph down US1 in Lugoff and SC601.

At one point the deputy who began the pursuit attempted to stop the suspect vehicle with a PIT (precision immobilization technique) maneuver which resulted in the patrol car being disabled and the suspect vehicle being badly damaged.

Following the PIT maneuver Brice continued to flee in his vehicle which now had damaged tires and suspension. He was finally stopped near the Walmart on US1 in Camden. Brice struggled with deputies after he exited his vehicle, but was finally subdued after the arresting officers deployed a Taser.

Brice has an extensive criminal record dating back to 1980 with arrests in Florida, Georgia and South Carolina. He has been previously arrested for strong arm rape, probation violations, numerous narcotics violations, numerous DUS violations, numerous DUI violations, reckless driving, armed robbery with a knife, criminal trespass, disorderly conduct, failure to stop for a blue light and felony theft.

Brice was recently arrested in Fairfield County and charged with failure to stop for a blue light when he was able to elude officers during a vehicle pursuit. He is now being detained at the Kershaw County Detention Center charged with failure to stop for a blue light, driving under suspension (2nd offense), resisting arrest, hit and run with minor injury and speeding more than 25mph above posted limit.

The deputy who initiated the chase was slightly injured when his patrol car collided with the vehicle Brice was operating. He was taken to Kershaw Health where he was treated for a mild concussion and released. Brice received a minor abrasion when his airbag deployed.

"This is the second chase in as many weeks in which a career criminal fled from Kershaw County deputies and was caught," Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews said. "Brice endangered the public and law enforcement with his reckless and irresponsible driving. Again, the deputies involved in this pursuit did a commendable job in a very dangerous situation. Suspects involved in these chases should be given mandatory jail time. Time will tell if Brice goes to prison for this event, but I am not optimistic."

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