In the early morning hours of July 18, a police pursuit resulted in a collision on Koester Road near Galaxy Road in Ladson, South Carolina. The incident involved a Ford SUV that was being pursued by the Summerville Police Department (SPD). According to the South Carolina Highway Patrol (SCHP), the vehicle veered off the road, struck a ditch, and crashed into a fence around 3 a.m.
The driver of the stolen Ford SUV was transported to Trident Medical Center’s main emergency room for medical treatment, as reported by the troopers. However, the passenger managed to escape on foot and remains at large as of July 18.
According to an incident report from the Summerville Police Department, an officer was conducting routine patrol in the Palms on Ashley River apartment complex on Ladson Road. During the patrol, the officer noticed a suspicious SUV parked in the parking lot, which he believed to be stolen. Upon confirming the vehicle’s stolen status from earlier that night, the officer observed two individuals unlocking the SUV and entering it, as stated in the report. When the officer attempted to initiate a traffic stop, the driver fled the scene, prompting a pursuit. Additional officers responded to assist in the chase.
The pursuit came to an end on Koester Road. Summerville police officers had to swerve to avoid colliding with the driver, who was lying in the roadway.
Authorities are continuing their efforts to locate and apprehend the passenger who fled the scene. The investigation into the incident remains ongoing, and further updates will be provided as new information emerges.
In conclusion, a police pursuit of a stolen vehicle in Ladson resulted in a crash, with the driver being taken to the hospital for treatment and the passenger still eluding capture. The Summerville Police Department, along with other law enforcement agencies, is actively working to bring the fleeing suspect to justice.