High-speed chase in Richland County ends in collision

High-speed chase in Richland County ends in collision

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - A high-speed chase involving Richland County deputies ended in a collision on River Drive.

Deputies say at about 9:15 p.m., a traffic and foot chase ensued between deputies and a suspect who has been identified as 30-year-old Gavin Rashad Williams. Williams was seen by deputies traveling 75 mph in a 40-mph area on River Drive. When deputies tried to initiate a traffic stop, Williams made a U-turn and sped away.

Williams was then seen throwing a beer can out of the window before colliding head-on with another car. He then tried to flee the scene of the collision on foot but was caught a short distance away.

A passenger was removed and detained from Williams' car as the vehicle caught fire in the collision.

Williams, his passenger, and the driver of the other car were all transported by EMS to the hospital.

The South Carolina Department of Transportation reported River Drive was blocked at Pearl Street for some time following the collision. It was reduced to only one lane open in each direction. The roadway has since reopened.

Williams faces multiple charges including second-degree DUI, resisting arrest, and failure to stop for blue lights. He was transported from the hospital to the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center.

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